Jameer Nelson’s Future
Lost in the all of the Dwight Howard drama is the fact that Jameer Nelson could potentially be in the last year of his contract. Nelson can opt out of his contract at the end of the season. Should Nelson decide to exercise his option and remain with the Magic, he will be owed $7.8 million.
“My thing is, I definitely want to be here next year and for the rest of my career,” Nelson told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
Clearly, Nelson wants to remain in Orlando, the only place he’s ever called home during his eight-year career.
Sources have told ESPN Florida that Nelson will likely opt out of his contract, but the reasons why were not specified.
Although Nelson isn’t going to earn $7.8 million on the open market, there are some reasons Nelson would opt out.
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