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Wizards have explored trade talks with Jameer Nelson, according to report

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Back in early January, word came out that the Wizards had interest in the Celtics' Jameer Nelson, if Boston couldn't find a trade partner before the deadline. At the time, we argued going after Nelson would make some sense. Since then, things have changed. Instead of releasing Nelson, the Celtics did find a trade partner and shipped off Jameer Nelson to Denver.

Even though Nelson has found a new home, he's still not free from more trade speculation, as Denver tries to determine whether they'll be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. Just about everyone on the Nuggets' roster is available, and apparently the Wizards are among those considering a deal for Jameer Nelson, according to Shams Charania of Real GM:

The Washington Wizards and Miami Heat have explored trade talks with the Denver Nuggets on Jameer Nelson, sources tell RealGM.

No deal is imminent, and Nelson has grown comfortable with his situation in Denver. The veteran point guard is currently dealing with an Achilles injury and hopes to return to the lineup after the NBA All-Star break.

Because Nelson has already been traded this season, NBA rules dictate he can't be traded again this season in a package with another Nuggets player this season. That means the only players the Wizards could send to Denver in a trade where salaries would match are:

  • Kevin Seraphin (who has the power to veto any trade he's involved in, because he's on a one-year, qualifying offer contract)
  • DeJuan Blair
  • A package of two or three of the Wizards' three players on veteran's minimum contracts: Garrett Temple, Drew Gooden and Rasual Butler. If the Wizards dealt all three (which seems highly doubtful, they'd need to sign someone to get back up the 13 man roster minimum.

The Nelson-for-Blair trade seems like the only scenario that would make sense for the Wizards. Given Blair's struggles in Washington this year, it might be a move that both he and the Wizards would welcome. Plus, it would allow the Wizards to shore up their guard depth with another ball-handler, and at the same time keep a roster spot open to address another need, if they so chose.

There's still good reason to argue some of the options on the buyout/free agency market may be better fits than Jameer Nelson. Will Bynum, Ray Allen, and some other players out there might help the team a bit more. But at the same time, if the Wizards can bring him Nelson, get rid of Blair and keep that last roster spot open without having to give up anything of value, the Wizards would be silly not to look into it.