As I have already written about the backcourt woes of the New Orleans Pelicans it appears they are attempting to do something about it. Today the they signed 14 year veteran point guard Jameer Nelson to a one year deal. Nelson played in 75 games last season, starting 39 and averaging 9.2 points, 5.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per night. He was instrumental in Denver’s late season success that nearly culminated in a spot in the postseason. His play as well as the mentoring of young Nugget point guards Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray proved to be invaluable. He was waived shortly before the beginning of the season to make room for Richard Jefferson.
Nelson will provide a much needed facilitator for the Pels as they are sticking to keeping Jrue Holliday as a full time 2. Admittedly they did have to shed some firepower to acquire Nelson by waiving Jordan Crawford. But in all the move to invest in someone to run the offense should pay off. With Ian Clark and E’Twaun Moore they have more than enough backcourt talent to score on the second unit. Nelson is also coming off of the best three point shooting season of his career as he canned 39% of his attempts.
I see that this may be an unpopular move by New Orleans (especially with the waiving if Crawford) but in all I think it was a tough decision that needed to be made. If anything it’s better than them standing pat as they wait on Rajon Rondo to return. What do y’all think?