Golden State waived Nelson during yesterday’s bloodletting of non-guaranteed contacts, a purging that also claimed Shaun Livingston.
This comes as little surprise because Nelson’s strengths — the ability to defend three positions, a strong mid-range shot, a nuanced dribble game despite not being a pure PG — aren’t things that Golden State coach Don Nelson values all that much. On the other hand, Mike Dunleavy has a certain affinity for guards like the 6′ 5″ Duke grad. Given the other options out there — did I really see Troy Hudson on a target list? — DeMarcus Nelson would represent a considerable upgrade over that group.