Steve Nash was widely suspected to be joining a new NBA team this off-season, and his choice to join the Los Angeles Lakers indicates his priorities are focused on winning an NBA Championship and to be closer to his children.

An 8-time All-Star, the Canadian Point Guard had been speculated to sign with the Toronto Raptors – the only remaining NBA team residing in the country for which he holds citizenship. Others predicted Nash would wait to see where his former coach Mike D’Antoni would land following his release from the New York Knicks.

According to Nash’s agent, the proximity to his three children weighed heavily in Nash’s decision:

his most important aspect was his ability to be close to his children. He’s an hour from his children. I’ve never seen him happier because of that fact alone”

Last season Ramon Sessions started at Point Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Sessions averaged the same number of points per game as did Nash for the 2011-2012 season, but Nash adds an addition 4 assists per game (on average). Perhaps one of the reasons the Lakers were looking for a replacement at the position is that Session’s assists numbers dropped in half (from 6 to 3) when the post season hit.