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Magic waive Jameer Nelson

Jun 30, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

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Only Kobe Bryant, Nick Collison,

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Udonis Haslem, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Anderson Varejao and Dwyane Wade have remained with the same team the entirety of Jameer Nelson’s Magic tenure.

Nelson was drafted in 2004, the same year Orlando took Dwight Howard No. 1. Together, they helped the Magic rise into an Eastern Conference power, and Nelson remained long after Howard forced his way out of town.

But now Nelson is also leaving the rebuilding Magic. In No. 12 pick Elfrid Payton, Orlando has its point guard of the future.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

Just $2 million of Nelson’s $8 million 2014-15 salary was guaranteed, and the contract didn’t become totally guaranteed until July 16.

The Magic made the rational decision Nelson was no longer needed at that price, clearly. But I don’t understand why the Magic waived him now as opposed to waiting closer to the deadline.

Maybe it was a courtesy to allow him more options in free agency. If that were Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan’s rationale, he was being mighty generous. Nelson is likely the type teams sign after they fill most of their roster.

When the Magic sold so low on Arron Afflalo, Hennigan got a pass, because he reportedly canvassed the entire league in search of a better offer before agreeing to that deal with the Nuggets. But maybe we shouldn’t keep giving him the benefit of the doubt.

I believe Hennigan explored Nelson trades, using his contract to offer cap savings, as the Raptors did with John Salmons. So, if Hennigan couldn’t find an acceptable deal, there’s nothing wrong with waiving Nelson.

But July 16 is a long way off, and circumstances can change quickly. Quite possibly, a team could have offered a desirable trade necessitating Nelson’s contract before then.

Again, this might all fall under professional courtesy, and that’s a nice gesture if that’s the case. It’s also squandering an asset, though.

For Nelson, options in free agency will definitely emerge.

The Heat need a point guard with Mario Chalmers a free agent. Neither Norris Cole nor Shabazz Napier is good enough stay the course without trying to upgrade. Nelson’s best days are behind him, but he could definitely help a win-now team like Miami. Plus, the Heat would offer him a chance to stay in Florida.

Maybe Nelson reunites with Stan Van Gundy in Detroit. The Pistons could definitely use a more reliable point guard than Brandon Jennings, even if that’s just to pressure Jennings into steadying himself. Nelson would definitely increases Detroit’s chances of starting a better point guard, whether it’s him or Jennings, than last year. However, with Will Bynum – an OK enough backup – already contract, the Pistons might need to use their cap room on areas of greater need (wing positions).

I could also see Nelson landing with the Knicks. A quality outside shooter who’s not blazing quick, Nelson would fit well in the triangle. Jose Calderon, acquired in the Tyson Chandler trade, is a good fit, but there would be enough minutes for both.

Really, if Nelson were willing to become a backup – and he likely must – he’ll have plenty of suitors.

  1. jerze2387 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Bulls. Good contending team, and a decent chance he starts at some point or at least sees a lot of minutes with Rose’s injury history.

  2. jamesk2465 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Team like Indian could really use him

    • jamesk2465 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Indiana *

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      The Heat still DON’T have a point guard on their roster…

      • therealhtj - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        As of this moment, a point guard is the only thing they have on their roster.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        the Heat do not have a point guard on their roster…

        Not an NBA caliber one at all…

  3. Youknowimright - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    This guy can still help someone win. He helped Phil Martelli win the ncaa coach of jameer , I mean of the year, once. Are you serious?

  4. money2long - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    mannnn.. jameer would be a great addition to a championship caliber team. this is a shocking development, him being waived, and certain teams should clamor for him.

  5. calkinsrob - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Seriously what the hell is going on in Orlando. I thought they were looking like the winners of that dwight howard deal. but basically giving up afflalo and nelson for nothing in return is rough. Can someone tell me this about afflalo – Does he become a free agent within the next year or 2? that would be the only explanation for why he was sold so low.

  6. jeffcor7 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Hornets need a backup pg and coach Clifford likes nelson. Plus, he always lights it up in Charlotte. No brainer move if the price is right

  7. 2016olympics - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Houston #ReuniteWithDwight

  8. norcalsportsknowledge - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Orlando is going for the first pick in the draft next year, only explanation for moves so far. Not like they need salary cap space.

  9. csbanter - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    The Rockets are going to need a point once they let Jeremy Lin go. Nelson and Howard reunited. hmmm

  10. jimeejohnson - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Orlando will continue to play second fiddle to you know who, and I do mean Miami. But you already knew that, just like New Yawkers.

    • brianjoates - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      I think Orlando is playing an entirely different instrument at this point.

  11. sdb74 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Really think the Pacers would be a nice fit for Nelson.

  12. chiadam - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    If that were Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan’s rationale, he was being mighty generous.

    If that were? I give up.

  13. skinsfaninphilly - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Jim Buss…you have a call you should be making.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Jimbo Buss says “uh, punt”

      “er take”

      No? OK then how about a suicide squeeze then?

      Fake punt?

      come on now, I’m all outta calls…

  14. ranfan12 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    sign with the rockets and join your old buddy dwight?

  15. themagicfanguy - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Sad day in Orlando, Jameer has been a good player and GREAT teammate/leader for a long time.

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