Mar 12, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson (14) drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets during the second half at Amway Center. Denver Nuggets defeated the Orlando Magic 120-112. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat Rumors: Jameer Nelson an Upgrade at Point Guard

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday that Jameer Nelson has been released by the Orlando Magic. Nelson, a nine-year veteran who has played his entire career in Orlando until now, should have plenty of options when free agency starts Tuesday.

By waiving him before July 16, the Magic save $2 million on the cap. Orlando acquired Elfrid Payton in the NBA Draft to be its point guard of the future.

Nelson, however, could be the point guard Miami needs now. With Chalmers due to be a free agent, youngsters Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier will be the only point guards on the roster. Although his best years are behind him, Nelson would be a solid veteran to add to the mix.

Miami would present an opportunity for Nelson to win during the final years of his career while staying in Florida.

Then there is this: On Miami radio station 790 AM The Ticket Monday afternoon, Ethan Skolnick noted that the Heat regret drafting Dorell Wright at No. 19 over Nelson (who was selected next by the Denver Nuggets, then traded to Orlando).

Nelson averaged 12.1 points and seven assists per game last season.

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  • Mike

    The heat literally have no one under contract except for two point guards. It makes so much sense to sign another one. You can field a whole team of point guards.

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Norris Cole and Napier makes for a terrible rotation. In the event they make a move for Lowry, the obvious goal would be to trade Cole.

  • bobbybouche305

    Pat u have to get younger,not older Jameers tank is empty…Livingston is the pick no one is talking about, but makes the Heat deeper, longer, and can post and guard smaller pgs

    Gortat 10
    Bosh 14
    Bron 17 ( bird rights last contract)
    stephenson 8/wade 12 …wade would be starter only in name, more like Manu role
    Livingston (rio’s 4.6)/Napier…trade Coles and his 2.2

    not only got stronger, younger, deeper, and a nasty defense, u cripple ur top 3 threats in the East for the next run

    Bench Jesus. UD. Carter, Marion, Marvin, Ennis

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Livingston is completely unplayable next to Wade.

      • bobbybouche305

        Explain unplayable ? A 6-7 point that can post and play d??? Guarantee Manu and Parker non factors if Livingston defending … Heat have had him twice , he wasn’t healthy from that freak injury , he is finally healthy , and was 10 times better than deron down the stretch … He would cost rios salary and bit a crazy 11-12 Lowry is going to cost …

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          Sorry, it was so blindingly obvious that I didn’t get you pointed in the same direction I was looking.

          Wade is the second worst volume three point shooter of all time. His lack of a 3 is a huge liability

          Livingston has hit 12 three pointers in his NBA career. His lack of a 3 is a huge liability.

          Put them on the court together and it just compounds the problem. You simply can’t play a backcourt that can’t shoot. It isn’t tenable.