Report: Jameer Nelson holding out hope to return to the league
36-year-old guard Jameer Nelson is still preparing for an NBA team to call him at some point this season.
Nelson played for both the New Orleans Pelicans and Detroit Pistons last season, appearing in 43 games for the Pelicans and seven games for the Pistons, is a 14-year NBA veteran who’s highly praised for his presence on the floor and in a locker room. Though he’s slowed down from the days that he was one of the better attacking guards in the league, he’s stayed in playing shape in his hopes for a call from an NBA team in need of his heady play.
Jameer Nelson appeared on the broadcast of Saturday’s St. Joe’s-Villanova game on Fox Sports 1 and said he is staying in shape and hoping to get a call from an NBA team at some point this season.
Nelson’s best seasons came during his run with the Orlando Magic, as the franchise drafted him back in 2004. He was an immediate contributor and a reliable scoring option before leaving the team following the 2013-14 season.
During his run with the Magic, he was voted to the 2009 NBA All-Star Game but didn’t play due to injury. Of course, Nelson’s biggest achievement was helping Orlando reach the NBA Finals, where they fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.