The Denver Nuggets are on the verge of reacquiring shooting guard Arron Afflalo from the Orlando Magic for third-year shooting guard Evan Fournier and a 2014 second-round pick, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Orlando is finalizing a trade to send guard Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2014
Orlando has agreed to send Arron Afflalo to Denver for Evan Fournier and 56th pick in 2014 Draft, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2014
At $7.75 million, Afflalo's salary will have to be balanced against Fournier's $1.48 million and the trade exception Denver received after sending Andre Iguodala to Golden State last year in a three-team deal. With the move, Orlando moves well below the salary floor for 2014-15 with 12 players on their roster before restricted free agency. It likely gives the Magic the ability to take on large amounts of salary in a sign and trade or to sign a large contract in free agency.
Afflalo, 28, had a career year with the Magic last season as he racked up averages of 18.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 46 percent from the field. He has been discussed all season as one of the most valuable tradable assets in the NBA.
Denver is reportedly also trying to land Kevin Love, and Afflalo could be a piece to either sweeten the offer for the Minnesota Timberwolves or act as a piece to help push the Nuggets into the playoffs next season. The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey reports that Afflalo won't be flipped to another team, however.
Orlando was previously in talks with Cleveland to send Afflalo and the No. 4 pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick, but those discussions fell apart.