HoopsHype Jameer Nelson rumors

December 8, 2013 Updates

But Nelson said his dedication to the Magic will not waiver. After all, the Magic were loyal to him early in his career and he wants to stay loyal to the only franchise that he’s ever wanted to play for. ``My commitment to this team, this organization and my teammates help me stay strong,’’ Nelson said. ``I just want to help these guys get better every day, every meeting and every practice. And the game of basketball is still fun to me. It’s a business, but even if I wasn’t getting paid I’d be playing (pick-up basketball) somewhere else. ``The process we’re going through is not an easy process and everybody wants to win. But I don’t think (GM) Rob (Hennigan) would put together a team with guys who didn’t want to win,’’ Nelson continued. ``But we have to stick together and it’s my job to make sure we do that.’’ NBA.com

December 3, 2013 Updates

Former Chester High and St. Joseph's star Jameer Nelson has a sprained left foot. He will be in Philadelphia, but he is questionable for the game, according to a Magic official. Nelson did not play in Orlando's game Monday in Washington. Philadelphia Inquirer

He had other opportunities in the summer of 2012, but, even knowing what was about to happen with a new basketball regime in charge, he decided to stay. He is getting paid, but, if basketball were the most important thing in his life, he probably would have signed elsewhere. "My loyalty is here in Orlando," Nelson said. "I don't know what they feel like they are going to do with me, whether they want to move me or continue to have me here. Me personally, I would like to stay." Philadelphia Inquirer

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John Denton: #Magic PG Jameer Nelson said MRI and X-rays showed no bone breaks or structural damage. No walking boot needed. Plans to go on road trip. Twitter @JohnDenton555

Nelson is a true pro, but the writing is on the wall that the Orlando Magic is going in a different direction as an organization. The team is reportedly seeking a first round pick in exchange for Nelson, but aren’t aggressively shopping he veteran. Nelson in return is having a strong season averaging 11.7 points and 6.1 assists with a 2:1 assists to turnover ratio. The veteran guard is on the books for $8.6 million this season. He’s also owed $8 million next season but it isn’t fully guaranteed, which could increase his trade value for a franchise looking to create flexibility around its salary cap. HoopsWorld

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Orlando's front office is not focused on winning now. But its coaches and players are focused on trying to win each game, and in a strange reality, their leader is Nelson, who knows he could be traded in the coming weeks. "If they tell me they're going to trade me, what can I do?" he said. "My job is to play, no matter where it is. I would love to continue to play here in Orlando and finish my career here, and see this thing turned around. That's not up to me. My job is to play." SI.com

"They are the guys who make the tough decisions," Nelson said of Hennigan, his assistant Scott Perry and the other Magic executives. "One day maybe I can be in those shoes, and make those decisions." SI.com

November 15, 2013 Updates

And then there is Nelson, who isn't likely to be part of that future. When his teammates are peaking, Nelson will be approaching retirement. He will be a valuable player at the trade deadline in February because only $2 million of his contract for next season is guaranteed. He could provide short-term relief at point guard to a team that is trying to win now. SI.com

Orlando's front office is not focused on winning now. But its coaches and players are focused on trying to win each game, and in a strange reality, their leader is Nelson, who knows he could be traded in the coming weeks. "If they tell me they're going to trade me, what can I do?" he said. "My job is to play, no matter where it is. I would love to continue to play here in Orlando and finish my career here, and see this thing turned around. That's not up to me. My job is to play." SI.com

"They are the guys who make the tough decisions," Nelson said of Hennigan, his assistant Scott Perry and the other Magic executives. "One day maybe I can be in those shoes, and make those decisions." He would like to be a GM? "I feel like eventually I can be a guy in the front office or a coach or whatever I may want to be," Nelson said. "Just being around the game, and knowing the game." SI.com

November 10, 2013 Updates

Vucevic’s had another monster performance last week, when he scored 30 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to help the Magic take a surprising win over the Los Angeles Clippers. After that game, Vucevic told HOOPSWORLD he credits Magic point guard Jameer Nelson with much of his success. “It’s a lot easier because you know I just, all I really got to do is set a good screen and roll and he is always able to find me in good spots where I just got to turn around and finish,” said Vucevic. “Jameer is a great point guard, great passer, and makes the game easier not only for me, but for everybody.” HoopsWorld

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