Impending Free Agent Arron Afflalo Seeks Denver Return
"Oh yeah,'' Afflalo told FanHouse on Monday, reiterating what he had said last month. "I love the situation (in Denver). I definitely value the organization and the opportunity they gave me. Hopefully, next summer it will happen (a re-signing with the Nuggets).''
The Nuggets did talk to Afflalo's representatives. But it was determined there wouldn't be an extension offered by Monday's deadline for players from the 2007 first round to sign deals that would start next season.
"I'm fine. That's fine,'' Afflalo, the No. 27 pick in that draft, said of becoming a restricted free agent next summer. "I'll put my best foot forward this year.''
It would have been difficult to sign Afflalo to an extension considering there will be a new collective bargaining agreement next summer and the uncertainty surrounding Denver's future. Star forward Carmelo Anthony, who has yet to sign a three-year, $64.47 million contract extension that has been on the table since June, is a good bet to be dealt by the Feb. 24 trade deadline. If that happens, it remains to be seen how the Nuggets will plan for life without 'Melo.
After averaging a surprising 20.4 points in the preseason and scoring 22 in the opener against Utah, Afflalo was held to 10 points in each of the next two games, dropping his seasonal average to 14.0. Did teams become more aware of Afflalo, who averaged 8.8 points last season, after his offensive flurry?
"I don't know,'' Afflalo said. "Sometimes the way we play, sometimes it's possible you may not get shots. My job is to figure out the rhythm of the game and keep myself involved while being in the flow of the game.''
Afflalo hopes to do that for a long time with the Nuggets.
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