Apr 30, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson (14) passes the ball against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) during the first half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Magic Officially Re-Sign Jameer Nelson

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Here is the official word from the Magic:

MAGIC RE-SIGN FREE AGENT JAMEER NELSON

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have re-signed free agent guard Jameer Nelson, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced tonight. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

“Jameer (Nelson) has been an integral member of this organization for the last eight years, both on the court and in the community,” said Hennigan.  “His leadership, toughness, and commitment to his teammates will continue to help guide our program in the right direction. We are excited to have him back in a Magic uniform.”

Nelson (#14, 6’0”, 190, 2/9/82) played and started in 57 games last season with the Magic, averaging 11.9 ppg., a team-high 5.7 apg. and 3.2 rpg. in 29.9 minpg.  He shot .377 (87-231) from three-point range and .807 (71-88) from the free throw line.  Nelson ranked 15th in the NBA in assists.  He led (or tied) the team in scoring eight times and in assists 36 times, including a career-high-tying 14 assists on Feb. 15 vs. Philadelphia.

Named an NBA All-Star in 2009, Nelson has spent his entire professional career with Orlando.  He has appeared in 527 career games, all with the Magic, averaging 12.4 ppg., 5.0 apg. and 3.0 rpg. in 28.2 minpg., while shooting .388 (617-1,589) from three-point range and .808 (907-1,123) from the free throw line.  Nelson has also played in 44 career playoff games, averaging 15.0 ppg., 4.6 apg. and 3.5 rpg. in 32.5 minpg.

Nelson ranks on the Orlando Magic’s all-time list in nearly every category, including assists (2nd, 2,612), games played (3rd, 527), steals (5th, 496) and scoring (8th, 6,542).  He was originally selected by Denver in the first round (20th overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft, then traded to Orlando on draft night (June 24, 2004) in exchange for a future first round pick.

OrlandoMagic.com’s John Denton has Nelson’s reaction here.

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