Former Magic guard Jameer Nelson signs with Mavericks

Orlando Sentinel

It’s official: Former Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson is now a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

Nelson signed a free-agent deal with the Mavericks on Thursday, fulfilling his wish to join a playoff contender.

According to ESPN, Nelson signed a two-year contract that includes a player option for the second season. His contract will pay him $2.73 million in 2014-15 and $2.86 million in 2015-16 if he decides to return to the Mavericks.

Nelson will join a crowded Mavericks backcourt that already includes 31-year-old combo guard Devin Harris and 30-year-old point guard Raymond Felton.

The Mavericks finished eighth in the Western Conference regular-season standings in 2013-14.

In the playoffs’ first round, the Mavericks nearly upset the San Antonio Spurs. The series lasted seven games — and it was the only time all postseason that the Spurs, the eventual champions, were extended beyond six games in a series.

Dallas has upgraded its roster this offseason.

On draft day, the Mavs improved their defense and rebounding by acquiring center Tyson Chandler and Felton from the Knicks for point guard Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert, point guard Shane Larkin, swingman Wayne Ellington and a pair of second-round picks.

Earlier this month, the Mavs signed small forward Chandler Parsons to an offer sheet that the Houston Rockets did not match.

Dallas also re-signed its franchise player, power forward Dirk Nowitzki.

Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at and connect with him on Facebook at Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.

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