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Full Trade Details: According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Orlando Magic have agreed to trade shooting guard Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Evan Fournier and the 56th pick in Thursday's draft.
The Denver Nuggets come out as clear winners here.
Re-acquiring Afflalo two summers after dealing him to the Magic in the Dwight Howard blockbuster is a sensible move for the Nuggets should they choose to keep the 2-guard, but there remains a chance that he could be on the move.
As the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett noted last week, the Nuggets may be interested in putting together a package consisting of Afflalo, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to acquire Kevin Love.
However, according to The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey, Afflalo will be staying put, which would give the Nuggets a nice upgrade over Randy Foye.
After averaging a career-high 18.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting from the field and 42.7 percent from three last season, Afflalo could help push the Nuggets up the Western Conference ranks should the roster remain intact.
And in the surest sign that Afflalo represents an offensive upgrade over Foye, the former posted a mark of 4.3 offensive win shares last year, compared to Foye's mark of 3.3, per Basketball-Reference.com.
This is a puzzling one for the Magic.
After reports surfaced that Afflalo could have been part of a package to help Orlando reel in the No. 1 overall pick, he's being shipped out for pennies on the dollar with the Magic receiving a young wing and cap relief.
Specifically, Afflalo is due $7.5 million this season and possesses a player option worth $7.5 million for 2015-16, per ShamSports, while Fournier is still on a rookie-scale deal paying him a shade under $1.5 million this season with a team option for roughly $2.3 million in 2015-16.
A quality three-point shooter who could evolve into a nice rotational piece if he's allotted regular minutes, Fournier represents a nice get, but is hardly equal value in this case.