Jameer Nelson stood at his locker before Wednesday night's game when teammate Doron Lamb bopped over en route to a pregame shower. "Can I get some soap?' Lamb said, sheepishly. Nelson feigned indignation. "Go get a towel," Nelson said. Lamb returned a minute later, squirted some of Nelson's scented soap into the towel. "See? I still gotta take care of these guys," Nelson said. After 10 years on the job, Nelson has seen his role as the Magic's longest-tenured player branch into veteran presence, troop leader and keeper of pricey toiletries. Nelson returned against the Pistons after missing two games with a sore left knee, starting at point guard. Was he also starting what might be his last homestand in a Magic uniform? "We'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it," Nelson said. The Magic play three more home games before the All-Star break, then go on the road twice before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Nelson said he hasn't been given any indication by the franchise one way or another. "My job is to just play — whether it's here or somewhere else," Nelson said. "I haven't had any discussions on being here or not being here." Not sure I buy that line, but then nobody has played the good soldier and company man like Jameer. He's the last remnant from the Dwight Howard era, when times were good, when the Magic were relevant. Trading Nelson would be the last corner of the house to clean since Dwight's departure. He's the guy who seemingly is the easiest for GM Rob Hennigan to deal, too, of the Magic's assets. Nelson is more than halfway through the $8 million contract the club is paying him this season, and only $2 million of the $8 million owed him next season is guaranteed.
As trade deadline looms, is it Nelson's last homestand with Magic?
Orlando Sentinel | Feb 6