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Sources: Jameer Nelson likely to decline option, become free agent

2012 April 26
by Brian Serra

Jameer Nelson’s future has been a complete afterthought during this Dwight drama filled season. That will likely change rather quickly.Jameer Nelson has one additional year on his contract, after this season but it is a player option for between $7.8-$8.6M. Andrew Melnick reports on ESPN Florida that Jameer Nelson is likely to decline his player option for next season.

Melnick writes, “Sources have told ESPN Florida that Nelson will likely opt out of his contract, but the reasons why were not specified.”

I have confirmed through sources of my own that Jameer is “leaning heavily” to declining the player option and becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. Nelson would be required to waive his option within one week of the team’s final playoff game.

Why would Jameer walk away from that money? It’s easy. SOMEONE will pay him millions of dollars a year, for multiple years this summer. With double-digit teams looking to spend this summer, he gets to pick where he goes.If you think he won’t get paid… I’d just refer you to every offseason for the last 15 years.

Coming back presents another year of dealing with the Dwight-what-ifs and with an expiring contract, Jameer would be vulnerable in any trade.

Moving forward, it’s still speculation until the final word from Jameer’s camp is received. While Jameer’s first preference is likely to stay long term in Orlando, it’s looking like for the first time that it may just not be the best decision for either party.

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