Nelson close to Magic return

Jameer Nelson could return to the Orlando Magic lineup by next

week.

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says Nelson is scheduled to practice

Sunday, and if all goes well, it might not be long before the

All-Star is back in Orlando’s starting five.

Nelson had surgery Nov. 18 to repair torn cartilage in his left

knee. He was averaging 13.7 points and 5.5 assists before getting

hurt.

Van Gundy made his remarks before Thursday night’s game at

Miami.