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Orlando Magic could trade Jameer Nelson, Andrew Nicholson

2014 June 24
by Andrew Melnick

Jameer Nelson - Milwaukee

On Sunday a report surfaced indicating the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls could work out a deal that would send Magic guard Arron Afflalo to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls would get the scorer they need while the Magic could clear the way for the likes of Victor Oladipo and Maurice Harkless while acquiring assets from the Bulls.

One interesting asset the Magic have that could be involved in any potential deal is point guard Jameer Nelson.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders discussed the possibility of the Bulls taking back Nelson as part of a deal for Afflalo.

Colin
Good Morning Mr Kyler.
Do you think it is possible that Chicago’s interest in trading with Orlando has as much to do with acquiring Nelson’s partially guaranteed deal as it does to do with acquiring Afflalo?

Perhaps the Knicks would be more interested in a deal built around Nelson + Gibson for Melo than they would Boozer for Melo.

Steve Kyler
Very much.

The problem is Orlando would have to take back about $15 million in salary to make it happen now. Not sure they do that unless they get both of the Bulls picks too.

Nelson’s contract is unguaranteed and he can be paid just $2 million of the $8 million he would be owed for the season to simply walk away. Nelson averaged 12.1 points, 7.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 39.4% from the field, 34.8% from beyond the arc and 85.7% from the free throw line last season.

Kyler also believes the Magic could deal power forward Andrew Nicholson.

They like him, not in love with him, would move him if the return were good. For where he was drafted its good value, but they do not view him as a future starter. He’ll have to cement himself in camp and I am not sure he can.

He has struggled for the last two years to finish the season strong, sort of gets gassed, so there are real reasons why he did not see the floor for long stretches

Nicholson averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 42.9% from the floor, 31.5% from beyond the arc and 82.5% from the free throw line last season.