Jameer Nelson: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation on Nuggets Guard – Bleacher Report
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Already on his third team of the 2014-15 season, Denver Nuggets point guard Jameer Nelson’s name is cropping up for clubs hoping to acquire veteran help before or after Thursday’s trade deadline. The Nuggets, for now, appear to have different plans.
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Team Stream Now Picks Ideal Destination for Nelson
Wednesday, Feb. 18
Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report weighed in on the best possible landing place for Nelson before the trade deadline:
Nuggets Plan on Keeping Nelson
Tuesday, Feb. 17
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday the Nuggets have “no plans” of letting Nelson go as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches.
Nelson, 33, has already played for the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Nuggets this season. Originally signed by Dallas this summer, he was traded to Boston as part of the Rajon Rondo deal and then sent to Denver not long after for Nate Robinson.
The veteran guard has appeared in 11 games with the Nuggets, averaging 9.4 points and 4.5 assists. He missed their last four contests before the All-Star break with an Achilles injury, though it’s not considered a long-term hindrance.
With Denver well out of playoff contention and boasting logjams across its depth chart, contending teams viewed Nelson as a potential cheap trade chip or buyout candidate. Nelson has a player option for $2.85 million for 2014-15, which is likely more than he would earn on the open market.
The Celtics and Nelson held brief buyout negotiations following the Rondo trade that never got off the ground floor. Denver’s reported refusal to have such talks itself makes some sense. Robinson was in the final year of his contract. If the Nuggets were looking for an easy way to shed costs, they would have engaged with Robinson rather than making a deal that adds more long-term money to their books.
Denver has also long struggled to fill the backup point guard role behind Ty Lawson. Nelson is nowhere near his All-Star peak at age 33, but he’s a fine veteran with a solid three-point stroke and court vision. Even if $2.85 million is a slight overpay for someone who is probably … – Click Here To Visit Article Source