Several factors suggest that the Orlando Magic might be open to trading Jameer Nelson: his age (he turns 33 on Sunday) relative to where the Magic stand in their rebuilding process; his team-friendly contract; and the fact that Orlando has, in Victor Oladipo, a young guard in the proverbial pipeline ready to take over for the 10th-year player.
But according to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic are "comfortable" retaining Nelson past the NBA trade deadline, set for February 20th at 3 PM. The veteran Magic scribe says Orlando isn't motivated to deal either Nelson or Arron Afflalo before that date.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported Wednesday that Orlando might not make any deals at the deadline, and could instead look to shake up its roster over the summer closer to the 2014 NBA Draft.
Nelson, for his part, isn't sweating the possibility of moving on. "My job is to just play--whether it's here or somewhere else," Nelson said, according to Schmitz's story. "I haven't had any discussions on being here or not being here."
In 46 appearances, the Saint Joseph's product is averaging 13.3 points and 6.7 assists on 40.5 percent shooting. He is, in other words, still contributing nicely for a starting, non-star point guard, and could certainly help bolster a playoff team's bench were one to trade for him before the deadline.