Dec 3, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo (4) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Magic 126-125 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Afflalo To Opt Out After Season?


The Denver Nuggets made a big splash on draft day when they landed Aaron Afflalo. Afflalo was brought back to Denver for just guard Evan Fournier and a draft pick. Last season for the Orlando Magic, he averaged 18 points per game. He will immediately become the teams starting shooting guard, which was the teams biggest need going into next season. While it is exciting news that he is back with the team, there are already reports coming out saying that he is planning on becoming a free agent after next season.

He recently told Chris Dempesey of the Denver Post this.

“It’s probably something that I always anticipated, even beyond when I first signed this deal with Denver. I knew my game, I knew my maturity, I knew I would grow as a player. And I wanted to have that option as I got older and I progressed as a player. So hopefully I’ll out-perform my contract and put myself in a better situation. That was my intent from the beginning, even before this year, was to play out the four years and progress as a player.”

Afflalo has come a long way since his rookie year with Denver. Clearly, he has developed into one of the best guards in the league, and he knows that. While it is a little disappointing to hear him say this, there is still a great chance that he will remain with the Nuggets. However, if the Nuggets wish to keep him in the future, it is going to cost them a decent amount of money. The hope is that Afflalo will continue to shine in the NBA, and that is on board for the teams plans.

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