According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Orlando Magic would trade veteran point guard Jameer Nelson today if they were offered a first round pick for him. He also notes that it is unclear whether or not the Magic are actively shopping the point guard, but it seems like they are very open to moving him if the opportunity presents itself.
Nelson, 31, is making $8.6 million this season and will make $8 million next season, so any team trading for him will need to either have plenty of cap room available or clear some space for Nelson after a trade. Nelson is not going to be a great player for any team that acquires him, but he is very solid. He has had a very good career since being drafted in 2004 and has made one All-Star team in 2009. He has a career stat line of 12.6 points, 5.2 assists and 2.2 turnovers per game. His best scoring season came in 2008-09 when he scored 16.7 points per game and his best season for assists came in 2012-13 with 7.4 assists per game. Based on just looking at his numbers, it appears he was more of a scoring point guard early in his career, but as his career has progressed he has developed into more of a floor general, prototypical point guard.
For a team that is on the brink of being a championship contender that lacks a consistent point guard, trading for Nelson would be a very smart idea. I’ll just throw out one team that could possibly have some interest, although they already have a young point guard and they may not have any cap space available. How about the Miami Heat as a possible suitor? It’s pure speculation on my part, but it’s an idea to think about. Like always, have fun with trade rumors and let the speculation run wild. Rumors make sports fun.