Orlando Magic Waive Jameer Nelson
After a decade of service to the franchise that acquired him in the 2004 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic have decided to waive point guard Jameer Nelson as first reported by the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins and then confirmed by Orlando Magic officials.
The Orlando Magic have decided to waive Jameer Nelson, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) June 30, 2014
The team has released an official statement with a quote from Magic GM Rob Hennigan:
“Jameer (Nelson) is the ultimate professional,” said Hennigan. “We truly thank him for his contributions to the organization, both on the court and in the community, during the last decade. He will always be a member of the Magic family.”
Jameer Nelson also had some departing words:
“I appreciate the opportunity the Orlando Magic has afforded me and my family over the past ten years,” said Nelson. “I’d like to thank the DeVos family, team management, and all the coaches that have provided me guidance, mentoring, and the ability to play the 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. You made it easy for us to adopt Orlando as our second home and we will miss you.”
“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.”
Jameer was due to make $8 million for the ’14-’15 season. With the Magic waiving the 32-year-old before July 15th, Orlando only owes Nelson $2 million. Nelson will be an unrestricted free agent beginning tomorrow (July 1st) and it’s evident he won’t be re-signing with the Magic any time soon as Jameer will seek to join a playoff contending team.
Nelson was originally drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the ’04 Draft with the 20th overall pick before Orlando acquired him via trade. All 651 games – starting 556 of them – that Nelson played were in a Magic jersey, that’s 2nd all-time behind only Nick Anderson‘s 692 contests in the franchise record books. Jameer also ranks 1st all-time in assists (3,501), fourth in field goals made (3,109), third in 3-pointers made (874), fourth in points (8,184), fifth in steals (619), and sixth in defensive rebounds (1,705). Nelson has his name forever imprinted in Magic history.
Jameer’s career averages were 12.6 ppg, 5.4 apg, and 3.1 rpg on 44.2 FG%, 81.7 FT%, and 37.4 3PT%. Nelson was named an All-Star in the 2008-2009 season and took part in the Magic’s 2009 NBA Finals appearance. In 44 career playoff games, Jameer averaged 15.0 ppg, 4.6 apg, and 3.5 rpg. Orlando is losing a fan favorite in this process of becoming a championship contender again. The Magic website has dedicated a thank you page for Jameer.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.