Nelson signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks last offseason, and he was the starting point guard when the team got off to a hot start this season. However, the Mavericks wanted an upgrade at the position, and Nelson was dealt to the Boston Celtics in the Rajon Rondo trade, a deal that ultimately backfired on Dallas.
Soon after acquiring Nelson, the Celtics dealt him to the Nuggets for Nate Robinson. The 33-year-old played 34 games for Denver, averaging 9.6 points and 3.7 assists while shooting 45 percent overall and 35.4 percent from long range.
Nelson reportedly hasn’t ruled out returning to the Nuggets, but he’s clearly hoping for a larger contract than what he was going to receive next season. Whether he gets that deal remains to be seen, as he’s nothing more than a decent backup point guard at this stage in his career.