You’d be hard pressed to find an NBA team that faltered towards the end of the season more than the Orlando Magic. The Dwight Howard fiasco went to new lows, and the super star center sat out the last portion of the regular season and the playoffs while also fighting with then head coach Stan Van Gundy. They went from a contending team to the sixth seed in the East and lost to the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs.
Both Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith have been taken off the payroll, and the Magic even toyed with the notion of bringing on Shaquille O’Neal as a GM to try and convince Howard to stick around. But for all intents and purposes it looks like Howard will be gone, and teammate Jameer Nelson could soon follow.
Nelson has until Friday to opt out of the last year of his contract, and if the Magic do not sign him to a long-term deal, that could be what ends up happening.
“Who doesn’t want a long-term deal?” Nelson said. “Everybody wants that security. I love the Magic organization. But at the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for me and my family.”
Nelson has not lived up to his hype since coming out of college. He never really materialized into the leader and point guard the Magic hoped he would be. He’s averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 assists in his eight-year career. At 30 years old, it makes sense for Nelson to get the best contract he can, and that might be from someone other than the Magic.
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