HoopsHype Arron Afflalo rumors


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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

January 11, 2014 Updates

Orlando, meanwhile, continues to give the same stiff-arm to teams registering interest in shooting guard Arron Afflalo. The difference there, though, is that some rival clubs aren't convinced that the Magic’s stance is as absolute as the Knicks’ stance is with Chandler. Has Afflalo played well enough, in this breakout half-season, that the Magic will eventually be offered a first-round pick closer to the deadline that can pry Afflalo loose? The reality is that no one is giving up first-round picks these days -- such is the lure of the 2014 draft -- but 40 days is a long time. ESPN.com

Arron Afflalo injured his right foot during the Orlando Magic’s 103-83 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. Precautionary X-rays on his foot and ankle revealed no fractures, Afflalo said. But he was limping badly when he returned to the Magic’s postgame locker room, and it seems highly unlikely that he’ll play when the Magic face the Denver Nuggets in Denver on Saturday night. “It doesn’t worry me,” Afflalo said after his X-rays. “But I definitely want to be healthy and I need to get back to playing at a high level to help the team, as we all do. I always tell guys, ‘If you can play, get out there and play. If you’re going to [play halfway], sit down and recover.’ Orlando Sentinel

January 6, 2014 Updates

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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