Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash has kept busy ever since he retired from the game six months ago—working as the GM of Team Canada‘s hoops program and mentoring younger ballers—and now he’s found his way back into the L.
Nash, 41, will reportedly join the Golden State Warriors as a part-time player development consultant.
ESPN sources say two-time MVP Steve Nash finalizing agreement with Golden State to join Warriors as part-time player development consultant
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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who worked alongside Nash during their Phoenix Suns days, is said to have convinced the eight-time All-Star to accept the gig:
The parties, sources said, are in the process of finalizing a deal that essentially will make Nash an occasional tutor to the Golden State guards. Kerr, (team president Rick Welts) and current Warriors player development coach Bruce Fraser — all of whom worked closely with the 41-year-old Nash when he was playing in Phoenix — are among Nash’s closest friends in the league and ultimately convinced him to join the NBA reigning champions as a part-timer.
While out injured last season, Nash did similar work with Los Angeles Lakers youngster Jordan Clarkson and, sources say, has likewise worked out this summer with a variety of guards around the league: Jeremy Lin, Dante Exum, Kemba Walker and CJ McCollum.
Sources said as recently as late June — when Nash played in longtime teammate Dirk Nowitzki’s annual charity baseball game — the Dallas Mavericks were still hoping to lobby Nash to consider unretiring and reuniting with Nowitzki as a spot-duty point guard for the coming season. It was reported in March that the Cleveland Cavaliers — at the behest of two more former Nash colleagues during his time with the Suns, Cavs general manager David Griffin and former Cavs exec Raja Bell — likewise tried last season to convince Nash to push for a buyout from the Lakers that would allow him to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland as a third point guard.