Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash said Thursday morning on the witness stand in court that he expects to come back to Arizona after he ends his NBA career.

Nash, who spent most of his career with the Phoenix Suns but now leases a home in Manhattan Beach, Calif., said he intends to keep his permanent residence in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where he has made recent renovations.

His residency has become an issue in a two-day "relocation trial" in the Maricopa County Superior Court regarding his ex-wife and three children, and whether he would be involved in their lives. Nash's ex-wife, Alejandra Amarilla Menrath, wants Family Court Judge Thomas LeClaire to approve the relocation of their children from the Valley to Southern California.

Menrath has said she wants to move with the children to Southern California so the three kids can be closer to their father. She also has indicated the move may allow her to obtain child support from a California court.

Menrath, who lives in Paradise Valley, needs permission from the Family Court judge to relocate the children outside Arizona. If she's allowed to move, it's possible she could petition a court in California to get more money from Nash, according to attorneys in the case.

Nash, under terms of a sealed divorce settlement, does not pay child support. He pays for the children's private education and health-care insurance through his employer, according to testimony.