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Lakers want to trade Steve Nash's contract, according to report

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The Lakers would like to find a creative way to move Steve Nash's expiring contract.

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are keeping their roster options open, still hoping to find a trade partner willing to take Steve Nash's expiring $9.7 million contract, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Los Angeles has not been granted a disabled player exception for Nash yet despite him already being ruled out for the season, and the front office hopes to use Nash's nearly-$10 million in salary as part of a package. Nothing is imminent, however.

It's unclear what the Lakers would look for in return, but Los Angeles would have to attach another asset to make Nash's contract an appealing piece in any deal, or possibly take on a large salary dump. It's unlikely the Lakers will find a trade partner this early in the season, but could help facilitate a multi-team trade closer to the trade deadline in February.

The Lakers were granted a disabled player exception for Julius Randle, however, who was ruled out for the season after breaking his leg on opening night. This allows the Lakers some minor roster flexibility, opening a slot as well as giving them approximately $1.5 million to sign or trade for another player.