Denver Nuggets acquire Jameer Nelson from Boston in exchange for Nate Robinson


Jan 2, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jameer Nelson (28) goes to the basket Dallas Mavericks forward Greg Smith (4) during the second half of the Dallas Mavericks 119-101 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets are wheeling and dealing these days it appears. After trading Timofey Mozgov to the Cleveland Cavaliers not to long ago, the Nuggets traded away point guard Nate Robinson to one of his former teams – Boston Celtics. In exchange for Robinson, Denver acquired veteran point guard Jameer Nelson who was originally drafted by Denver 20th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft.

Nate Robinson’s time in Denver has been a bumpy ride to say the least. After averaging 10.4 points on 42.8% shooting during his first-year as a member of the Nuggets, he tore his ACL midway through the season. Since coming back from that tear, Robinson simply hasn’t been the same player.

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Through 33 games this season, Robinson is averaging a career-low 5.8 points on just 34.8% shooting. The guard simply cannot find his stroke as he is shooting just 26.1% from three. According to Yahoo, Boston will elect to buyout Robinson, making him a free-agent. Robinson reportedly was interested in serving as the backup point guard to Chris Paul in Los Angeles.

As for Jameer Nelson, it’s starting to come full-circle. As noted above, Nelson was drafted 20th overall by Denver in the 2004 NBA Draft. After spending nearly 10 years in Orlando, Nelson started off the 2014-’15 season with the Dallas Mavericks and then was later involved in the Rajon Rondo deal to Boston.

Over 29 games this season (23 DAL, 6 BOS), Nelson is averaging just 6.8 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.8 rebounds – a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 9.72. Throughout his career, Nelson has averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 3.1 rebounds. The 32-year-old veteran should serve as a serviceable backup to Ty Lawson.