And he's not planning to test the free-agent market after the season.
While Nelson is not a household name like those others mentioned—he's a one-time All-Star playing in a small market—his act of loyalty to the Magic organization, leadership among the players and generosity in the community make him one of the most humanizing stories in professional sports, which is now a culture of constant change and salary demands.
Feb 1, 2018 - Jameer Nelson was acquired by the Chicago Bulls, along with Tony Allen, Omer Asik, a conditional 2018 1st round pick (NOP own), a Swap 2021 2nd round picks and a TPE, from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Nikola Mirotic, a 2018 2nd round pick (NOP own) and a TPE.
Five years later, Stan Van Gundy still feels bad that he had his former starting point guard, Jameer Nelson, return for the Orlando Magic against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals after missing four months with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Joseph's University, putting money into his college program after staying all four years."He's also made a lifelong commitment to the Orlando Magic, which is really phenomenal," Van Gundy said."I've never ever went to my agent and said I wanted a trade. And as far as I know, the management has never said, 'We're trading you,'" Nelson said.
"I was always a guy who stayed loyal to them and they've stayed loyal to me.
But if Van Gundy, who coached the Magic from 2007 to 2012, had to do it all over again, he wouldn't change a thing—which speaks to the impact Nelson has had in Orlando in his entire 10-year career."Number one, we had beaten L. twice that year, and both times the major reason was his ability to get in the paint and score and make plays," Van Gundy told Bleacher Report.
"I thought that was really our biggest advantage in that series.
"They wanted to be there, they wanted to be a part of the community, they wanted their kids to grow up there and go to school there. 20 trade deadline: They would want to leave a team with a 16-38 record and, even if it means fewer minutes or accepting a backup role, play for a contender to try to compete for that first ring.
He was named to his first NBA All-Star game in 2009.
Married Imani Tillery on July 5, 2008, with whom he had a son.
Nelson always played with a chip on his shoulder, and although listed at 6’0” (if he’s 6’0”, I’m 6’3”), never backed down from a challenge.
Nelson wound up guarding some of the best point guards in the league as a Nugget, from Isaiah Thomas and John Wall to Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry. But any player that has the courage to step up in the crucible of games is bound to make mistakes from time to time.