Though the Orlando Magic still have time to decide on Jameer Nelson's future with the team, a sourced report Friday by WESH's Larry Ridley indicates the Magic are "leaning towards" bringing the veteran point guard back for the 2014/15 season.
According to ShamSports' NBA salary database, only $2 million of Nelson's $8 million salary for the 2014/15 campaign is guaranteed. The Magic could let him leave as a free agent and only owe him $2 million, or they could keep him and owe him the full balance of his contract. Nelson has spent his entire 10-year NBA career with the Magic and ranks as the team's all-time assists leader.
As Ridley suggests, the Magic's haul in the 2014 NBA Draft will go a long way toward determining Nelson's future. If Orlando lands a young point guard via the Draft--and Magic fans certainly have their eyes on Australia's Dante Exum and Syracuse's Tyler Ennis, among other playmakers--then it might more easily opt to let Nelson leave.
In the 2013/14 season, Nelson posted per-game averages of 12.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and seven assists on 39.4 percent shooting from the floor. He appeared in 68 contests.