HoopsHype Arron Afflalo rumors

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Afflalo wanted to learn ways to create more space against one-on-one defenders, so he started studying two of the best pure scorers in NBA history in Jordan and Bryant. ``I watched a lot of film on (Bryant), and I always have since I was growing up in L.A.,’’ Afflalo said. ``And everybody wants to be Michael Jordan when they are little, so I’ve watched a lot of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. They’re the two best in my era. So this summer I watched a lot of their isolation moves and footwork to see how to frame myself up better for shots.’’ The offseason work has paid enormous benefits for Afflalo and the Magic this season. He’s averaging career bests in scoring (22.6 ppg.), rebounds (4.6 rpg.), assists (4.2 apg.) and 3-point shooting (46.3 percent). He’s scored 30 points in a game four times this season, including a career-best 43 points on Tuesday in a double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. NBA.com

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Trevor Ariza swears that it wasn’t anything personal when he matched up with fellow UCLA alum Arron Afflalo on Monday night at Verizon Center. It was just a coincidence that when the Wizards played the Orlando Magic, the game turned into an entertaining one-on-one duel for much of the first half with the former Bruins taking turns carrying their teams and attacking each other. “It wasn’t about that. It was about getting a win. Fortunately, we got the win,” Ariza said after the Wizards beat the Magic, 98-80, to improve to 9-9. Washington Post

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Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan on Wednesday refuted reports that his team is on the verge of a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers that would involve Orlando’s Arron Afflalo and L.A.’s Eric Bledsoe as the deal’s centerpieces. “We haven’t had a drop or an ounce of communication with the Clippers for almost three weeks,” Hennigan said. “So, if we’re about to make a trade with them, I guess I missed that memo.” Orlando Sentinel

Meanwhile, ESPN reported Tuesday night that talks between the Magic and Clippers were ongoing and a deal could be reached by Thursday’s NBA Draft. Hennigan said he would be “stunned” if a deal occurred with the Clippers in the near future. Orlando Sentinel

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The L.A. Clippers seem to have done a good job outing the Orlando Magic and their pursuit of Eric Bledsoe. Sources say the Clippers are making sure there isn’t a better offer out there for Bledsoe than the package that Orlando is said to be constructing. As of last night, it seemed the Magic’s deal was centered around Arron Afflalo and possibly last year’s first-round selection Andrew Nicholson. There was talk that a protected 2015 first-round pick would be included, basically replacing the draft asset the Clippers had to surrender to get Doc Rivers out of Boston. The Magic would in return get Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler. The deal is far from done, according to sources, as both the Clippers and the Magic are exploring other options, but some of the players involved in the deal believe it may happen on draft night, assuming the Clippers can’t find a better deal. HoopsWorld

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