Contractually, Orlando had until July 15 to make a decision on the final year of Nelson’s contract, but it made a move on Monday so that the 32-year-old Nelson could have the opportunity to continue his career with another team.
In a statement, Nelson thanked the Magic and the fan base for believing in him and supporting for a decade.
Nelson shot 45 percent from the field while hitting 35 percent of his three-pointers, but he connected on only 58 percent of his free throws.
He played college basketball at Saint Joseph's University and was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets but was traded to the Orlando Magic, where he has played for his entire professional career. Shot .381 (86-226) from three-point range and .845 (98-116) from the free throw line…Also appeared and started in all 14 playoff games, averaging 19.0 ppg., 4.8 apg., 3.6 rpg. 1 @ Toronto…Had four double-doubles…Dished out 10 assists five times, including a season-best 11 assists on Feb. 18 @ Miami…Pulled down his 1,000th career NBA rebound on Nov.
2009-10 : Played in 65 games (64 starts) for Orlando, averaging 12.6 ppg., a team-high 5.4 apg. 26 @ New Orleans…Recorded at least one steal in 31 games and had two-or-more steals 15 times, including a season-high three steals on Nov. 3 @ Detroit…Passed Tracy Mc Grady (1,533) for fifth on the Magic’s all-time assist list on Nov. New Jersey…Missed a total of 17 games due to injury…Missed 16 games (Nov. 19, on Inactive List three times during that span) due to a torn meniscus in his left knee (underwent arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 2) due to a hyperextended left knee…During the playoffs, scored a playoff-career-high 32 points twice, the last time on Apr.
That left a hole in the roster that Kay Felder cannot fill.
The Cavaliers have a couple of trade exceptions, and they are looking at some point guards that they could slot into those spots, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Cavaliers let Matthew Dellavedova walk last summer because of the cost (with tax he would have cost them north of $30 million) and they had Mo Williams under contract for this season.
Except on the day before training camp started Williams decided to walk away from the game on top.
``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,’’ Nelson continued.
As the projected backup point guard again this season, Nelson figures to see steady minutes off the bench, but his primary role may be to mentor promising rookie Emmanuel Mudiay, who is expected to replace Lawson as the starter.
2014-15 Jameer Nelson joins the Mavericks for his 11th season in the NBA after spending the first 10 years of his career in Orlando.
* The simpler option for the reigning champions, as opposed to a Melo-sized blockbuster deal, might prove to be a smaller swap in which the Cavaliers absorb the salary of a veteran point guard into their .4 million Anderson Varejao trade exception that expires Feb. Sources say one vet known to interest the Cavs — one who possesses a salary that would fit into that exception — is Utah’s Shelvin Mack at .4 million.