According to the Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz, the seven-year veteran doesn't need to play within driving distance of the happiest place on earth to be, well, happy:
Orlando's classy leading scorer wouldn't mind being moved to a playoff team. The clock is ticking loudly on his career as he'll turn 29 in October.
The Magic can select a point guard at No. 4 this month, perhaps a signal that Victor Oladipo would move to Arron's position full-time. Afflalo could be in play at the June 26 draft. Chicago, Charlotte, Phoenix and Oklahoma City could use two-guards and have multiple first-round picks. The Magic could deal him at the February trade deadline, the way they did J.J. Redick, in 2013.
Moving the shooting guard won't even be slightly difficult if that's what the Magic want to do.
Afflalo is fresh off the best season of his career, during which he averaged 18.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting a scintillating 42.7 percent from beyond the arc. He, along with Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, was considered one of the biggest Eastern Conference All-Star snubs.
Toss in his beyond-reasonable $7.5 million salary for 2014-15, and the sharpshooting Afflalo could easily net Orlando a first-round pick, among other assets.
This is assuming the Magic are open to dealing their leading scorer. In the aftermath of this year's draft, they just might be.
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman has them taking Australian prospect Dante Exum, who, like Victor Oladipo, is considered interchangeable at the point guard and shooting guard positions.
Should the Magic select Exum and decide to create a hybrid starting backcourt with him and Oladipo, Afflalo could become available. If or when he does, the Golden State Warriors are one team that may go after him.
Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News group was previously told that the Magic had interest in acquiring David Lee. Flipping him for a package that includes Afflalo would make sense—especially if the Dubs are forced to fork over Klay Thompson in a deal for Kevin Love:
Afflalo factors in if the Warriors have to move Klay Thompson. If Minnesota doesn't want Lee and the Warriors have to put together a package centered on Thompson (say Thompson, Barnes and Speights), the Warriors could be fine with that if they can send Lee to Orlando and come away with Afflalo to replace Thompson. If Love goes elsewhere, which is likely, the Warriors could package Lee and Thompson to get someone like Carmelo Anthony, then try to pull off a separate deal to get Afflalo. He plays both ends and he can shoot the 3. Plus, Love and GM Bob Myers would welcome another Bruin to the mix.
For anything substantial to happen between now and next season, though, Afflalo has to press the Magic into taking action.
They may be content retaining him through next year, at which point he can opt out of his contract, or they could keep him leading into the trade deadline and evaluate what they have across the board.
Expect this to drag out, if it even becomes anything. Afflalo isn't the trade-demanding player many others are. Though he hasn't seen the playoffs in two straight seasons, he's never once expressed unhappiness about playing in Orlando.
"It's tough. There are really no other words," Afflalo told Fox Sports Florida's Ken Hornack about missing the postseason. "It's a place I feel like I belong. It's a place I feel I would thrive. It's a place that I want to be."
Eventually, Afflalo will have to choose between playing for a postseason contender or sticking with Orlando. That, or he can hope the Magic decide for him.
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