After 10 years with the Orlando Magic, veteran point guard Jameer Nelson was waived on Monday.
Nelson was owed $8 million for the 2014-2015 season, the final year of his contract. However, his contract was only partially guaranteed. The Magic could pay $2 million to make Nelson an unrestricted free agent. On Monday, the Magic waived Nelson.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan issued an official statement.
“Jameer (Nelson) is the ultimate professional,” said Hennigan. “We truly thank him for his contributions to the organization, both on the court and in the community, during the last decade. He will always be a member of the Magic family.”
Nelson also issued an official statement himself.
“I appreciate the opportunity the Orlando Magic has afforded me and my family over the past ten years,” said Nelson. “I’d like to thank the DeVos family, team management, and all the coaches that have provided me guidance, mentoring, and the ability to play the game that I love in the town that I love.”
“I’d also like to give sincere and special thanks to the great Magic fans. You have loyally supported me since my first day in Orlando and have always been there for me and my family. You made it easy for us to adopt Orlando as our second home and we will miss you.”
“All good things must come to an end, however, and it’s time to move on. I look forward to continuing my career as an NBA player and will never take for granted my time in Orlando.”
The Magic have also created a page thanking Nelson on their website.
In his career, Nelson has averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 44.2% from the field, 37.4 3% from beyond the arc. and 81.7% from the free throw line.