After 10 good years with the Orlando Magic, point guard Jameer Nelson was waived on Monday.
Nelson, 32, has played his entire career with the Magic after being sent to the team in a draft night trade with the Denver Nuggets in 2004. In 651 regular season games with the team, Nelson averaged 12.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. In 44 playoff games with the franchise, Nelson averaged 15.0 rebounds, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
The Magic will owe Nelson $2 million this season. Waiving Nelson will save the team $6 million, which could be used in a multitude of different ways.
With the team getting point guard Elfrid Payton in last weeks draft, it seemed clear that Nelson’s time with the team was coming to an end. With the team rebuilding, and Nelson not getting any younger, it’s what’s best for both sides.
Waiving Nelson will allow him to sign with a contender in hopes of securing the illustrious championship that he desires.
Nelson had this to say to OrlandoMagic.com following the move:
“I appreciate the opportunity the Orlando Magic has afforded me and my family over the past ten years. I’d like to thank the DeVos family, team management, and all the coaches that have provided me guidance, mentoring, and game that I love in the town that I love.”
“I’d also like to give sincere and special thanks to the great Magic fans. You have loyally supported me since my first day in Orlando and have always been there for me and my family.”
“All good things must come to an end, however, and it’s time to move on. I look forward to continuing my career as an NBA player and will never take for granted my time in Orlando.”
The Magic will need to look for a point guard in free agency, or via trade now. The team has reportedly been interested in combo guard Rodney Stuckey, and could interest some other veterans as well.