Back in February when Steve Nash was pushing himself in workouts to try to get back on the court, he talked about the stretch provision motivating him to do so.

It’s a tool provided by the collective bargaining agreement that teams can use to get out from under heavy-handed contracts, and it would mean waiving Nash this season, and spreading out the amount he is owed over the next three seasons for salary cap purposes.

But since the Lakers struck out with any free agents that would have required having additional cap space to sign them, Nash appears to be safe for the upcoming season.