HoopsHype Jameer Nelson rumors

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Nelson's business manager since he's been in the league, Steve Mountain, who has worked with different pro athletes in the past 30 years, said players with Nelson's mentality are a rarity these days. "Sports used to be the players chose to stay in a city," he said. "They wanted to be there, they wanted to be a part of the community, they wanted their kids to grow up there and go to school there. They didn't go home for the summer. Jameer's old school like that. He believes that he's an Orlando guy." Bleacher Report

But Mountain said Nelson's priority is rebuilding and future opportunity in Orlando. As Mountain noted, Nelson wants to do what Wade did in Miami, "which is to pull the team through the rough times and come out on top. What if three years from now, he was 34, 35 and he was still an impact player there?" The thought excites Nelson, who's still an effective player, averaging 13 points, 6.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds in 49 starts this season. Bleacher Report

If that doesn't happen on the court, Nelson, who said he has a "good 10 years left of playing in me," will want to do that as a member of Magic's management team. "I think working in the team's front office would be one of the coolest parts of my career, among others," he said. "Just being able to retire here and be a part of the organization —there will be work in terms of competing for a championship every year and seeing these guys grow— I think that would be something that would excite me." Bleacher Report

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The Magic play three more home games before the All-Star break, then go on the road twice before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Nelson said he hasn't been given any indication by the franchise one way or another. "My job is to just play — whether it's here or somewhere else," Nelson said. "I haven't had any discussions on being here or not being here." Orlando Sentinel

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Still, the Magic will be looking for ways to shop a few veterans in an attempt to pick up more young assets. Arron Afflalo will garner the most interest, but Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis are also available. Nelson's partially guaranteed deal (only $2 million) next season makes him a particularly interesting chip. ESPN.com

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The Orlando Magic aren't concerned that the soreness in Jameer Nelson's left knee is due to a significant injury, even though Nelson remained in Central Florida during the team's current road trip to Boston and Indianapolis. Coach Jacque Vaughn said Nelson hasn't received and won't receive an MRI on his knee. "He's back at home," Vaughn said before the Magic lost to the Boston Celtics 96-89 at TD Garden on Sunday afternoon. "It's just smarter for us to leave him at home. He wasn't going to play the next two days. He can get treatment at home, and he can watch the Super Bowl in his own bed." Orlando Sentinel

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After nailing a fallaway jump shot over 6-foot-11 Bulls center Joakim Noah to tie the score late in regulation, the 6-foot-1 Nelson ran back towards the Magic bench cupping his hands in a gesture that had been made famous -- or infamous -- by the now-retired Sam Cassell. "I accept the fine," Nelson said Friday at the Magic's shootaround before their game against the Charlotte Bobcats. "Hopefully I won't get emotional again. If I have to pay $15,000 for our fans to get excited I'll do it again." FOXSports.com

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