The Golden State Warriors are close to landing former Most Valuable Player and point guard legend Steve Nash in a part-time player development role, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Nash ended his illustrious career after suffering setbacks during his final run with the Los Angeles Lakers during preseason.
Nash did make himself available for the Lakers, however, working with rookie standout Jordan Clarkson. D'Angelo Russell and Clarkson had both planned on working with Nash this summer, but it seems the Warriors are close to bringing that to their franchise at an official capacity.
Nothing is announced yet, but if Nash is looking to work with players and does so outside of Los Angeles, it's a disappointing outcome for the Lakers. It's unclear if either side reached out to express interest in building an off-the-court relationship, but the Warriors are closing in on adding Nash behind the scenes. What capacity he works with Golden State is unclear, but his presence in the organization seems like a perfect fit for the team culture and direction.
Having Nash around Los Angeles to help develop a young guard like Russell certainly would've been nice, but that's looking less likely following this surprising bit of news.