The team announced Wednesday that it formally waived the two-time MVP point guard, making room on the roster to sign rookie guard Jabari Brown for the remainder of this season with the possibility that the Lakers keep him around next season as well.
During a pair of 10-day contracts with the Lakers, the second of which expired Monday, Brown appeared in 10 games, averaging 9.4 points on 50 percent shooting in 24.5 minutes per game.
Brown's best NBA performance was a 22-point outburst on 7-of-10 shooting Monday in an overtime win against the Philadelphia 76ers. Brown played at Missouri with fellow Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson.
As for Nash, the future Hall of Famer formally announced his retirement last week after nearly 19 seasons in the NBA. His tenure in Los Angeles was mostly miserable.
Plagued by injuries, Nash played in in just 65 out of a potential 246 games throughout the three-year, $28 million deal.
The Lakers gave Nash that deal in 2012, mortgaging their future by shipping four draft picks to Phoenix despite Nash having suffered health troubles late in his tenure with the Suns.
Anthony Davis has lead the New Orleans Pelicans on a four-game winning streak vs the Los Angeles Lakers, three of which have come earlier this season. With a win tonight the Pelicans will sweep the regular season series for the first time in franchise history.
Last three games vs Lakers this season:
Davis is averaging 25.7 pts, shooting 69% from the field, 8.7 rebs and 4.0 blks.
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We gave the visionary point guard a pen and a mission: Illustrate the theories that drove his game-changing MVP career. Here's the result, straight from the mind of Steve Nash ...
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1. Nash ran the offense that changed the NBA -- and the point guard position -- forever. And when we asked how he saw the game, he began with this sketch. The pre-Nash NBA, you see, was all about overwhelming opponents with mismatches. But Nash's game wasn't about finding spots where great players were guarded by inferior ones; it was about finding spots where good players were guarded by nobody at all. His brain was the supercomputer behind it all, seeking in real time the highest-quality shots, namely: those at the rim and in the corner, where the closer 3-pointers are more likely to go in.
The current crop of NBA point guards is creating a special kind of buzz. Russell Westbrook is the most athletic point guard ever once you factor in his size. Steph Curry is making a push to be the best shooter in league history. John Wall is in incredibly rare air as an elite passer, pure athlete and talented defender. And, of course, Chris Paul is arguably the best overall point guard in the game and a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Meanwhile, the rookie class of point guards, though it isn't setting the league on fire, has a few guys who have shown the potential to be All-Star caliber players or long-term starters. While it's not likely that any of them will be in the conversation for "best point guard in the league" going forward, it's too early to entirely rule out that possibility. Remember, all of the names mentioned above had their doubters, too.
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We wrote then that the Lakers' win could come back to haunt them if they end up losing their top-five protected 2015 first-round pick to -- who else? -- the 76ers.
And now, a week later, here we are again.
The Lakers beat the 76ers Monday in Philadelphia, posting a 113-111 overtime road win behind a huge game from rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson (26 points, 11 assists).
However, as was the case last week, it could end up being a costly Lakers win.
For a while now, both the Lakers and 76ers have been contending for the league's third-worst record -- and if the Lakers had finished the regular season in that spot, they'd have had a very strong chance (96 percent) of retaining their top-five pick.
However, after beating the 76ers twice in two weeks, it appears the 20-53 Lakers will finish the regular season with the league's fourth-worst record, meaning they'll have an 82.8 percent chance of retaining that pick.
And as the fine folks at ESPN Stats & Information pointed out, recent history says not to be too confident the Lakers will keep the pick should they enter the lottery in that fourth spot, even though 82.8 percent seems like a solid figure.
Over the past five years, teams that had a pre-lottery position of fourth dropped to sixth on two occasions: the Golden Warriors in 2010 and Washington Wizards in 2011.
In other words, there's a realistic chance the worst season in Lakers franchise history doesn't result in the only possible reward such a season could have brought them -- a top lottery pick and the promising young player who comes with it.
Instead, with their wins over the 76ers in the past two weeks, the Lakers could end up losing that pick to a franchise that's much better at losing when it needs to lose.
PHILADELPHIA -- Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points and made the tiebreaking basket with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past the Philadelphia 76ers, 113-111 on Monday night in a matchup of two of the NBA's worst teams.
Rookie Nerlens Noel led the 76ers (18-57) with 19 points and 14 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the month. He scored six points in the final minute of overtime to tie the game at 111.
April is almost always the most difficult month to project in fantasy basketball as youth movements and shutdowns go into full effect in the last few weeks of the season. Teams that are locked into the postseason may give their star players some extra rest to help keep them fresh for the playoff run. These scenarios can be awfully frustrating (particularly in head-to-head leagues), but they also create incredible opportunities to find unheralded breakout players. Conversely, teams that are out of playoff contention will often decide to give their younger players more playing time in the season's final frame as they look to evaluate talent for next season, although I should note that teams like the New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves have been in tank mode for quite some time already.