Former Denver Nuggets veteran point guard Jameer Nelson agrees to deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, per Shams Charania of the Vertical.
Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson, who was waived by the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, has signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. The news comes via the Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Free agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 21, 2017
After the NBA denied the Pelicans’ appeal for an injury exception contract, New Orleans was forced to waive guard Jordan Crawford in order to guarantee a deal with Nelson. This time the news came from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi:
NBA denied Pels appeal to guarantee an injury exception contract, which means they couldn't guarantee Nelson deal without waiving Crawford.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 21, 2017
The specifics of the deal are not yet known.
All this comes after the Nuggets announced on Thursday that Nelson had been waived in order to make room for Richard Jefferson. Nelson’s departure clears up both cap space and a roster spot for the Nuggets to add the former Cavaliers forward.
Nelson is best known for his 10-year tenure in Orlando. There, he filled a much larger offensive role alongside Dwight Howard. He was traded to the Nuggets in 2015 after brief stints in Dallas and Boston.
In Denver, he provided stability at the point guard position. That stability was necessary while the team waited for their young draft picks, Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray, to develop. With Nelson gone, the Nuggets have signaled they’re finally ready to let Murray take over as the starting point guard.
New Orleans is likely to utilize Nelson in a similar mentor role for 19-year-old point guard Frank Jackson. New Orleans will also need Nelson to fill in for their injured starter, Rajon Rondo. The former Celtic is expected to be out for a month with a sports hernia.
During his time in Denver, Nelson averaged 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. He averaged 25.6 minutes played through 148 games. The NBA journeyman made 59 starts for the Nuggets, most of which came during the 2016-17 season.
Nelson will get a chance to face his old team on November 17, when the Pelicans visit the Pepsi Center for a nationally televised match up with the Nuggets.