It was originally reported Jameer Nelson had three days from Orlando’s last game to decide if he was going to pick up his player option and play for the Orlando Magic. However, that was incorrect. Nelson’s contract actually says he has three days from the last game or June 15, meaning Nelson has over a month to make his decision.
Nelson almost certainly will welcome the extra time, because Magic CEO Alex Martins and Magic Chairman Dan DeVos are in the process of evaluating their entire basketball-operations department and could replace Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy. In addition, Smith has said he’s not sure whether he wants to return.
“I can’t make the decision until some other decisions are made around here,” Nelson said Wednesday. “I want to be here in the Orlando Magic uniform. I love being here. I love being in the city.”
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, quoting a key Magic source, “I don’t think Dwight (Howard) wants to be here.”
Forward Earl Clark also has a decision to make. Clark has a player option next season.
“It’s something I have not even thought about yet,” Clark said. “I definitely want to be here. I don’t want to be anywhere else.”
Jarrod Rudolph of RealGm, citing sources, says Alex Martins made Adonal Foyle his “right hand man” and the two handled trade negotiations. He goes on to say the inexperience of the two “i believed to have been the primary reason the team failed in their pursuit of Monta Ellis.”
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