Before he ever made it to the NBA, Jameer Nelson was a popular name around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Back in 2000, the Chester-born guard had NBA aspirations as he geared up for his collegiate career at St. Joseph's University in Philly.
After a successful college stint, Nelson entered the 2004 NBA Draft and was selected 20th overall by the Orlando Magic. Over the course of a 14-year career, Nelson played for the Magic, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, and the Detroit Pistons. He called it a career after his 2018 run.
Lately, Nelson has worked as a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, but now the Philly legend is looking to get into the business side of basketball -- and his hometown team is giving him his first shot.
On Tuesday night, NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark reported the Sixers planned to hire Nelson for the 2020-2021 season as a scout. Nelson will also have the title of Assistant General Manager for the Sixers' G League affiliates, the Delaware Blue Coats.
While Nelson's hiring in Philly comes as somewhat of a shock, the former NBA guard has been planning a future in an NBA front office for quite some time now. Back in March, Nelson told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Noah Levick he was looking into becoming a coach or a GM in the future.
Last year, Nelson attempted to acquire a coaching job at his alma mater, St. Joe's, but he lost out on the job to Billy Lange. While Nelson was disappointed, he wasn't bitter. Now, a year later, he's back in the NBA working on the business side of hoops.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him on Twitter: @JGrasso_