Report: Sixers Hire Jameer Nelson to Scouting Position
When Elton Brand talk about reshaping the front office one thing he brought up was bringing in more "basketball minds," and his latest move reflects just that.
Reports have come out that former NBA player Jameer Nelson has accepted a position with the Sixers. Nelson will serve as a scout for the team, and serve as an assistant GM to the Delaware Blue Coats.
As a player Nelson played in the NBA for 13 seasons for six different franchises. He is a one-time All-Star, and made it to the NBA finals in 2010 as a member of the Orlando Magic.
This will also be a homecoming of sorts for Nelson, as he is from Chester PA just outside of Philadelphia. He also played his college ball in Philly at Saint Joseph's University.
Hiring Nelson is a respectable hire on Elton Brand and the Sixers part. What better option for a scout than a player who has seen success at the college and pro level, not to mention played in the NBA for over a decade.
Bringing in Nelson should pay dividends in the upcoming draft as well. The Sixers will be targeting guards to add to the roster, and Nelson should bring good observation as that was his position.
His position in the G-League is something to monitor as well. As we know before Elton Brand became the GM of the Sixers, he served in a role in the Blue Coat's front office. Doing the same with Nelson begs the question if the team is also paving Nelson for a front office role somewhere down the line.
Kevin McCormick is the 76ers insider for 97.3 ESPN and 76ers editor for Sportstalkphilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinMcC973.