Brendan Maloy
Monday March 31st, 2014

Steve Nash has appeared  in just 12 games for the Lakers this season. (Andrew D. Bernstein/National Basketball/Getty images) Steve Nash has appeared in just 12 games for the Lakers this season. (Andrew D. Bernstein/National Basketball/Getty images)

The Los Angeles Lakers will keep Steve Nash on the roster next season, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

The team plans to keep point guards Nash and Kendall Marshall on the roster next season, despite Nash's extended absences due to injury this season and Marshall's streaky performance since joining the team in late December.

Nash is due $9.7 million next season, but under the league's stretch provision, the Lakers could waive him this offseason and spread his cap hit out over the next three years. Marshall is owed just $915,000 next season.

Los Angeles has not yet made a decision on the future of coach Mike D'Antoni, according to Bresnahan, but the team plans to make a decision shortly after the end of the regular season.

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They still owe [D'Antoni] $4 million next season and don't want to look like a franchise with a coaching turnstile.

But Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol don't support his small-ball offense and Lakers fans don't support him, period. So the team will decide fairly quickly after the April 16 regular-season finale — pay him to not coach the team, just like Mike Brown, or try to make it work next season.

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