Nuggets Acquire Former All-Star Jameer Nelson From Boston
DENVER, Jan. 13, 2015 – The Denver Nuggets have acquired guard Jameer Nelson from the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Nate Robinson, general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly announced today.
“We are excited to add a player of Jameer’s caliber to our roster,” said Connelly.
“We have no doubt that his experience and veteran leadership will be of value to our team.”
Nelson (6-0, 190) is an 11-year veteran and former NBA All-Star who owns career averages of 12.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists while shooting .372 from three-point range in 680 career games (580 starts) with Orlando, Dallas and Boston.
The 32-year old was drafted out of Saint Joseph’s University with the 20th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets before his rights were sent to the Orlando Magic on draft-night in exchange for a 2005 first round pick.
Nelson spent the first ten years of his career in Orlando where he reached the playoffs six times, including a run to the NBA Finals in 2009. Nelson enjoyed his best statistical year in 2008-09, averaging a career-high 16.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists en route to an Eastern Conference All-Star selection. He currently stands as the Magic’s all-time leader in assists with 3,501.
The Chester, Pa. native signed with the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent prior to the 2014-15 campaign and was sent to the Celtics on Dec. 18 in a multi-player trade.
Nate Robinson appeared in 77 games (two starts) with Denver over the past two seasons, averaging 8.4 points and 2.5 assists in 17.3 minutes per game. The 10-year NBA veteran has appeared in a total of 607 career games (106 starts) with Denver, Chicago, Golden State, Oklahoma City, Boston and New York, averaging 11.1 points and 2.4 assists.
“I want to thank Nate for his time here with us in Denver,” said Connelly. “He always came ready to play and brought that same intensity every day in practice. We wish him the very best as he continues in his career.”