HoopsHype Jameer Nelson rumors

January 16, 2014 Updates

Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during the Magic's 128-125 loss in triple overtime to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Amway Center, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations. Nelson's actions occurred with 0:11 remaining in the 4th quarter of the game. NBA.com

January 15, 2014 Updates

Jameer Nelson will likely get fined for this obscene celebration (GIF). Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche was fined $15,000 in November for emulating Sam Cassell’s legendary “onions” dance, and Marco Belinelli (then with the Bulls) was fined the same amount during last season’s playoffs. For The Win

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Magic center Nikola Vucevic said that he learned early on that when Nelson speaks in the locker room that he should be listening. Vucevic, 23, said that Nelson reached out to him not long after he joined the Magic and has always been there to help him. ``It means a lot having a guy like Jameer around here because he’s a great veteran and a great leader,’’ said Vucevic, who hopes to play on Sunday after missing the past two games with a sprained ankle. ``We have a very good communication on and off the floor and he helps me out a lot. When I don’t know something, I go ask Jameer. He’s been great to me and I really like playing with him.’’ NBA.com

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

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