When Jameer Nelson enters his 11th NBA season in a few months, he will be playing for a team other than the Orlando Magic.
Nelson was acquired by the Magic from the Denver Nuggets on draft night in 2004 (the same year they drafted center Dwight Howard with the top-overall selection). The Magic have been tearing apart the roster and will potentially roll out the youngest team or at least the youngest starting lineup in basketball next year. Just days after dealing their best player, guard Arron Afflalo, to the Denver Nuggets for swingman Evan Fournier and the 56th-overall pick of last week’s draft, former Iowa Hawkeyes’ guard Roy Devyn Marble, the Magic officially waived Nelson. Nelson was entering the final year of his deal worth $8 million, but it was only partially guaranteed so the Magic let him walk for just $2 million. The Magic are likely making room to start the 10th-overall pick of this year’s draft, former Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns’ star Elfrid Payton, at point guard.
After a few of the dominoes fall, Nelson should have plenty of interest and the Miami Heat may be a suitor.
According to Andy Vasquez of The Record, Nets’ general manager Billy King says Nelson is ‘on the list’ of potential free agents for the Nets.
Billy King tels WFAN that Jameer Nelson is “on the list” of potential free agents.
— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) July 1, 2014
Nets’ backup point guard Shaun Livingston agreed to a three-year, $16 million deal with the Golden State Warriors Wednesday.
Nelson averaged 12.1 points, 7.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 39.4% from the field, 34.8% from beyond the arc and 85.7% from the free throw line last season.