The Denver Nuggets are close to finally securing arguably the most important piece from last season. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Nuggets will lock up Arron Afflalo to a 5-year deal.
Stein tweeted around 6 p.m. Monday night,
Just going up on ESPN online: Sources say Nuggets and restricted free agent Arron Afflalo agree to five-year deal in excess of $43 million
According to Stein there are bonuses added to the deal that would help it reach $43 million. Afflalo will automatically be penciled in as the Nuggets shooting guard with Andre Miller, Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer all getting minutes off the bench.
Miller will get the starting nod at shooting guard on Tuesday when the Nuggets host the Phoenix Suns. Here is how Afflalo’s contract compares to other guards that signed contracts this season.
- Reggie Williams (Golden State last season), 2-year, $5 million with Charlotte (will miss 6 to 8-weeks due with torn meniscus)
- Richard Hamilton (Detroit), 2-year, $10 million with Chicago
- Rodney Stuckey (Detroit), 3-year, $25 million with Detroit
- Caron Butler (Dallas), 3-year, $24 million with Los Angeles Clippers
- Shannon Brown (Los Angeles Lakers), 1-year, $3.5 million with Phoenix
- Jamal Crawford (Atlanta), 2-year, $10 million with Portland (second year is player option)
- Marcus Thornton (Sacramento), 4-year, $31 million with Sacramento
- Nick Young (Washington), 1-year, $3.7 million with Washington
Afflalo has improved his scoring, field goal percentage, points and rebounds each season. Not bad for a player that was an afterthought after he was dealt along with Walter Sharpe to the Nuggets for a second round draft pick. The move was to free up money so the Detroit Pistons could sign Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.
With the signing the Nuggets roster reaches 17 players, two more then the max an NBA team can have. DeMarre Carroll, who signed a training camp deal, and veteran big man Michael Ruffin, who was added late, are the most likely players competing for the last roster spot.
It isn’t out of the question that Ruffin joins the coaching staff when the season starts. The Nuggets also may need to free up another roster spot for when Wilson Chandler’s contract is up in China.
The Nuggets missed Afflalo late last season and in the playoffs. He missed 10 of the final 12 games of the season and the first two playoffs games due to a hamstring injury.
Afflalo is arguably the leader of the this Nuggets team, and he brings valuable intangibles that help win games. His work ethic is mirrored by few and he has evolved his game to be a weapon offense as well as defense. Lets just say he is the ultimate professional.
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