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first_imgNash hasn’t spoken to reporters since the Lakers ruled him out in late October. But the Lakers have dismissed any significance about Nash’s absence and haven’t wavered on granting him the freedom to choose whether to maintain his distance or return to the team.“We want Steve to do that on his own time frame,” Scott said about a mentorship role. “When you’re out for the season … that’s hard to take and swallow at times. Some guys don’t come to the realization for a long time. Right now, he wants to spend time with his family and I understand. He wants to take this slow. I don’t understand the big deal about it.”Roster moveScott talked with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak at Saturday’s practice, which elicited insight on what the Lakers will do with an injury-depleted roster. “We weren’t going to do anything anytime soon,” Scott said. “Having somebody here would negate everything we need. We need guys here for practice.” The things that keep Lakers coach Byron Scott agitated thus far involves the team’s worst start in franchise history, the team’s league-worst defense and endless injuries. Scott’s phone tag with Lakers guard Steve Nash does not upset him, though.Scott revealed on Sunday he and Nash have still not connected on the phone since the Lakers ruled the 40-year-old guard out for the season in late October, their conversations amounting toward nothing more than periodic text messages. But Scott hardly sounded upset over this development.“Steve’s a busy guy and I’m a busy guy as well,” Scott said. “I don’t think he misses sleep over it and I don’t miss any sleep over it. He’s a great guy and I have known for Steve for a long time. Not to have contract with one another at this particular time, to me it’s not a big deal.”The Lakers still owe Nash $9.8 million on the final year of his contract and have shown interest in him becoming a mentor for the team’s backcourt, including Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson. After all, Nash collected two NBA MVP awards and climbed to third place on the league’s all-time assists list. The Lakers have a three-game trip this week in Detroit (Tuesday), Washington D.C. (Wednesday) and Boston (Friday) without any scheduled practice.The NBA granted disabled player exceptions to the Lakers for season-ending injuries to Nash ($4.85 million) and Julius Randle ($1.5 million). Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently told Los Angeles Newspaper Group that he has applied for a disabled player exception for Xavier Henry ($550,000) and has applied for the NBA’s hardship exception. That tool will allow the Lakers to add a 16th player to their roster while Ryan Kelly misses at least the next five weeks because of a torn right hamstring. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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