HoopsHype Arron Afflalo rumors

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Steve Kyler: The Magic continue to view Arron Afflalo as a piece that fits the big picture plan. His age and contract are workable no rush to change that. Magic view Arron as the right kind of veteran for their situation. His work ethic, impact on the team & the culture are valued tremendously. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

February 14, 2014 Updates
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Scoring isn't the only category in which Arron Afflalo leads the Orlando Magic: no Magic player has been mentioned in more trade rumors in the lead-up to the NBA trade deadline, set for Thursday, February 20th. Afflalo said following Wednesday's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies that he's unaware of any potential trades involving him. "Obviously, now that it's approaching, management hasn't approached me with anything in particular," Afflalo said. Orlandoinstripedpost.com

February 10, 2014 Updates

With the NBA trade deadline just 10 days away things around the Magic are heating up on the trade front. Not necessarily because the Magic are making a ton of outgoing calls, but because there are several would-be suitors for Magic guard Arron Afflalo. The problem for the Magic, or the teams trying to extract Afflalo from the team, is that Orlando really does not seem overly interested in trading Afflalo. Basketball Insiders

February 7, 2014 Updates

The Magic are in what's called listening mode, and it's a safe bet that most of what they're hearing is offers for shooting guard Arron Afflalo. He's having a career year (19.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game) and has a manageable contract (combined $22.8 million for this season, next, and the player option in 2015-16). USA Today Sports

February 6, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves headline the field of participants for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (#FootLockerThree) taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, who will also be participating in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars challenge, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs and Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic complete the field. The NBA's best from behind the arc will take part in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, with the eight players competing in a two-round competition. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the First Round will advance to the Championship Round. Of the two finalists, the one with the lower individual score from the First Round will go first in the Championship Round. The player scoring the most points in the Championship Round will win the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest for his conference along with $100,000 for their Conference's charities. NBA.com

February 4, 2014 Updates

Still, the Magic will be looking for ways to shop a few veterans in an attempt to pick up more young assets. Arron Afflalo will garner the most interest, but Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis are also available. Nelson's partially guaranteed deal (only $2 million) next season makes him a particularly interesting chip. ESPN.com

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Swingman Arron Afflalo, the Magic’s best and most consistent player, was snubbed when the Eastern Conference’s reserves were announced Thursday night. “I respect the coaches’ opinions,” Afflalo told the Orlando Sentinel a few minutes after the reserves were named. “I’m sure every guy up there in some shape or form deserves to be there. So, I would never criticize the process. “What I will say, though, is that next time around, I intend for there to be no debate about where I belong at my position and in the league for that matter. I’ll definitely put the necessary work in to make sure that happens.” Orlando Sentinel

January 28, 2014 Updates

Is Afflalo as much a part of their future as he is their present? Do they want him to grow alongside their young players like Victor Oladipo, Andrew Nicholson, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic? "Honestly I don't think about it too much because I really don't believe, unless I was a free agent, that that's in my power," Afflalo said. "What I do is just focus on my play and let my course become dictated by that and then hopefully I become a piece that [the Magic] definitely want to continue to build with. ESPN.com

There's just one thing, and it's the reason Afflalo's breakout year feels like such a breakthrough, and why an All-Star nod is "not the end all, be all." "A lot of what I'm doing today, I've been able to do for a long time," Afflalo said. "But just based on the teams I was on, it wasn't being asked of me. "I've always been, more or less, what the team needed. So if you needed scoring, I could do that. If you needed a defender, I could be that. If you needed a shooter, I'll be that." ESPN.com

What's hard is that his individual success hasn't yet translated into wins for his team. The Magic lost 62 games last season and are on pace to lose about the same again in 2013-14. "If anything, that's what hurts the most," Afflalo said. "It's important that I keep the proper perspective on how things can change so fast in the NBA and to stay positive when you're not winning. "But [losing] is what probably bothers me the most. Not the individual recognition or lack thereof, it's my impact on winning games, night in and night out. When I'm not feeling that, that's tough to handle. "I won a state championship in high school, we got to the Final Four in college [UCLA], in Detroit and Denver I was used to 50-win teams. So this really has been the toughest transition in my life. I've never been in a losing situation at all in my life." ESPN.com

January 17, 2014 Updates

Swingman Arron Afflalo is on track to play when the Orlando Magic host the Charlotte Bobcats tonight. Afflalo practiced Thursday and participated fully in the Magic's shootaround this morning without any obvious setbacks, clearing the way for him to return from a right-ankle injury. Afflalo injured his ankle last Friday, during the third quarter of the Magic's 103-83 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Orlando Sentinel

Now, looking back, Afflalo is the first to admit that he wasn’t ready for that kind of increased role. However, this season, he has been spectacular. He’s averaging 20.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists. His efficiency rating is a career-high 18.48 and he’s clearly the best player on the court for Orlando. “I learned patience,” Afflalo told Basketball Insiders. “I really learned patience. Sometimes when you’re given the ball, you start [forcing it]. And you want to succeed so bad, especially since that was my first opportunity – at the NBA level – being asked to [be the go-to guy]. So over the summertime, I just learned to read the game a little bit better and pick my spots a little bit better. The key word for me is efficiency. It’s not just about having the ball and getting a lot of shots, it’s about taking and making the right shots, making the right plays. That’s why I’ve been given that responsibility. If I have to take 10 or 11 shots, I’m going to make sure that they’re great shots for me. If there are games where I’m going to get 19 or 20 shots and have an explosive game, I’ll take that too, but for me the big keys have been patience and efficiency.” Basketball Insiders

So far, Afflalo is delivering. He’s even getting some All-Star buzz. While it’s clear that Kyrie Irving and Dwyane Wade will start in the Eastern Conference’s backcourt due to fan voting, it’s possible that Afflalo is selected as a reserve by the NBA’s coaches. He’s competing with players like John Wall (who seems like a lock) and DeMar DeRozan among others. With stars like Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo injured, Afflalo certainly has a shot at making the East All-Star team. “When I get asked that question, I do respect the fact that when you play well individually, it has to be a reflection of your team and if we continue to win and continue to get better, then I would appreciate it,” Afflalo said of being an All-Star. “I know I’m not going to get the fan vote, but from the coach’s perspective it’s definitely something that I would appreciate.” Basketball Insiders

January 15, 2014 Updates

The Orlando Magic remain without a pair of starters for its matchup with the Chicago Bulls. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn says guard Arron Afflalo is out for the third straight game with a strained right foot, and center Nik Vucevic is missing his fifth straight game on Wednesday recovering from a concussion. Vaughn says Vucevic is still going through the NBA concussion protocol and Afflalo is feeling better, but is still not ready to play. Oklahoman

January 13, 2014 Updates

John Denton: #Magic will be without Arron Afflalo tonight vs. #Mavericks Jameer Nelson (finger) and Mo Harkless (knee) are game-time decisions. Twitter @JohnDenton555

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