In another sign that the Denver Nuggets are looking to rid themselves of Ty Lawson, veteran point guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a new three-year deal to stay in Denver, according to Shams Charania of RealGM. ESPN’s Marc Stein says the deal is for $13.5 million, and Euro big man Nikola Jokic is getting a four-year, $5.5 million deal.
After spending 10 seasons with the Orlando Magic, Nelson joined the Dallas Mavericks last season and was a part of a dominant offense at the beginning of the year. But the 33-year-old was traded to the Boston Celtics as part of the Rajon Rondo deal, and then Nelson was dealt to the Nuggets for Nate Robinson.
Nelson averaged 9.6 points and 3.7 assists in 34 games for Denver before opting out of his $2.85 million contract for next year. He shot 45 percent overall and 35.4 percent from three, and he’s a career 37.1 percent shooter from long range.
With Nelson back on a long-term deal and Emmanuel Mudiay taken with the seventh pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, you have to imagine that the Nuggets are shopping Lawson hard. He’s been rumored to be on the block for a while, so don’t be surprised if he’s traded before next season.