HoopsHype Jameer Nelson rumors

February 14, 2014 Updates

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

February 4, 2014 Updates

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

February 2, 2014 Updates

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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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

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