Burned by the indifference of Magic teammate Dwight Howard, Nelson must have thought it was time to leave. The former All-Star opted out of the final year of his contract to become a free agent.
In the ESPN report, Nelson says that he “would love to re-sign with Orlando.” I say hogwash! There are several teams with a good amount of cap room. I see none of those teams offering anywhere near the $7.4 million that Nelson was set to earn next season. Perhaps he sees this as an opportunity to get a long-term deal. At the age of 30, what team will offer him a three or four year deal?
Not many, if any at all. Not with Steve Nash, Andre Miller, Goran Dragic, Ramon Sessions and Jason Kidd available. Not with Kirk Hinrich and Raymond Felton posing as cheaper options.
That is seven players in a free agency class that is rich with point guards.
That is why Nelson makes sense for the Bulls. He would command a reasonable salary, but not break that bank. He is a proven player who can shoot it, averaging .388 3PT in his career and a 45 percent shooter overall. He is also a willing passer and a good free-throw shooter, shooting over 80 percent in eight seasons.
The Bulls struggled shooting their free-throws and there is a void of shooters on the team. Nelson would be a welcome addition and a nice upgrade for them.
For Nelson, he gets to play for a perennial playoff contender and he helps them win now. This also sets Nelson up for a good payday given that next year’s free-agent class of point guards will be headlined by Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack. This could be a win-win for both the Bulls and Nelson.
It is time for the Bulls to see red and pounce.
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