HoopsHype Arron Afflalo rumors

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Credit Arron Afflalo for expanding the conversation. Orlando's willingness to move him before the Feb. 20 trade deadline remains a constant source of curiosity, but you're starting to hear another interesting question about Afflalo with regularity: Does he have a real shot at an All-Star spot in the East? ESPN.com

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That lines up with what I have heard from the beginning. The hope is Arron swells his trade value so they can use him around the draft or to offload one of the veterans (Jameer Nelson/Glen Davis) without having to include draft picks or young guys. The thing to keep in mind is the Magic are not trying to fit all the pieces together. They want another run through the draft and then start to see whats part of the long-term and whats going to get packaged together in exchange for long-term pieces. By design the Magic have too much and its unlikely that changes this season. HoopsWorld

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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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