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Report: Magic willing to move Jameer Nelson for first round pick

Nov 1, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

Jameer Nelson AP

In our list of players likely to be traded this season, Jameer Nelson was right at the top. The Magic are rebuilding, Nelson is older (31) and only $2 million of his contract for next season is guaranteed, making it a virtual expiring deal.

The question was how much would the Magic ask?

The current request is a first-round pick, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

The Magic, according to the latest rumbles, would surrender Nelson today if offered a future first-round pick for him. Orlando GM Rob Hennigan continues to chase draft picks and young assets above all else as he remakes the Magic.

The problem, of course, is that teams have never been more reluctant to surrender first-round picks — and the cap-friendly contracts they carry — than we see nowadays.

Nobody is giving up a 2014 first rounder for Nelson, we’re talking about a pick a couple years down the line — and as Stein notes, even then this may not be likely. An injury to a team that thinks it has a playoff chance could get them thinking about pulling the trigger.

Nelson still has value on the court — he is a solid pick-and-roll point guard who can score and create for others (at least when he’s being aggressive). He’s not a great defender, but for a team looking for a backup point guard to improve them for a playoff run, Nelson could be a good fit.

Just the price being asked right now may have to come down a little.

  1. kb2408 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Willing to move him for a FIRST RD. pick?!! Yeah, and I’m willing to take Beyonce off Jay Z’s hands! In other words, it ain’t happening!

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:05 AM


  2. saint1997 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    This kind of indicates to me they think that would be fine because it would open room for Oladipo at the 1. Bad idea – the man is a 2, why can’t they just accept that? If you want a 1 so badly, wait until the draft where you can have Exum, Smart, Harrison, Christon etc.

    • tomasekradek - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Agreed. But I’ve seen Exum on my own eyes during U-19 World Championship and i think he isn’t more of a point than Oladipo is. Neither of them can play point in the NBA efficiently

  3. itouchedthenet - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:11 PM


    • kb2408 - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      They already have two slightly below average point guards in Coles and Chalmers, how many more do you need?!

    • casualcommenter - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Yeah, I’m sure Pat Riley feels your team needs a below-average, score-first point guard to take shots away from LeBron, Bosh, Wade, and Allen (rolls eyes).

  4. johngalt1783 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    They are delusional. Nelson at this point in his career is not worth a first round pick.

  5. 407magic - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    He’s more effective than steve Nash. Lakers dont have any draft picks left tho until yr 2020 lol

    • basketballgod87 - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      sure is

  6. letangusespertplus - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    aim high i guess…

  7. lastdukestreetking - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Jameer would be a great backup pg on pretty much all the title contending teams, or tose that think they’re contenders. There’s no point in trading him for less than a 1st or at least some young talent (i.e., a rookie contract) sitting at the end of a contender’s bench. Or an injury to a contender’s starting pg such as the Magic trade for Alston when Nelson was injured in the year they went to the finals.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Top 31 Protected pick should get this done fast!

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:07 AM


  9. themagicfanguy - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    @saint1997 Don’t act like you know whether Oladipo is a 1 or a 2, you don’t. He’s already shown that he can be effective in either role, so perhaps you should watch him play before commenting instead of regurgitating things you hear from Bill Simmons.

    • saint1997 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:48 AM

      haha dude I like the Magic, I’m just saying he is better off at the off guard quite clearly. He was a 2 in college, where his forte was defence, not playmaking. His athleticism and burgeoning shooting is better serviced off the ball than forcing other teams to expose his poor playmaking and ball handling. Don’t make fun of Bill Simmons

  10. themagicfanguy - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Nelson is a solid backup PG on a contending team, so a late 1st down the road is not that far of a stretch. Most of the people acting surprised by the Magic wanting a 1st rounder haven’t even watched him play or looked at his numbers from last year.

  11. 00maltliquor - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Only in the world of sports is where a man’s salary of $2,000,000 considered expendable and virtually expiring. LOL

    • redbaronx - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      @00maltliquor – I’d happily play for 2 million!

  12. themagicfanguy - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Again, watch a game before commenting. Poor playmaking? Not so much.
    Yes he played 2 at Indiana, no that does not mean he is best suited to be a 2 in the NBA.

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Oladipo is a 2 no matter how you slice it.

  13. themagicfanguy - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    @malt He’s whatever he gets minutes at which includes the 1, deal with it.

  14. newyorkfootballjets - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    I wouldn’t give up a first for him at any point in his career

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