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Report: Afflalo re-signs with Nuggets

Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:17 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 8:29 pm
Posted by Royce Young

One of the last big pieces of the free agency puzzle has finally found its home. And it's right where it was last season.

According to
, guard Arron Afflalo has re-signed with the Nuggets for five years, $43 million. That means between Afflalo and Nene, the Nuggets have spent some $110 million this offseason. But it also means they've inked a long-term core for the next number of seasons.

Afflalo, 26, was a restricted free agent and considered by many to be maybe the top guard on the market. Multiple teams coveted his services, but the Nuggets were planning on matching any offer and with no one signing Afflalo to an offer sheet, Denver went ahead and took the lead on its own.

The Nuggets had a great need for Afflalo with Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith stuck in China for the time being. Denver recently acquired Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer, but Afflalo will likely fit in as one of Denver's top three players this season. Between him, Nene, Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari, Denver has a group fo young players to build around.

Obviously it's a good signing for Denver, but the question is whether or not Afflalo is really worth that kind of money. Five years, $43 million is a pretty major number for a guy like Afflalo that averaged 12.6 points per game and a PER 13.61. And that's by far his best season to date. He's an elite perimeter defender and a long athletic guard, but more than $8 million a season for him is a high price tag.

Not to say he's not worth it to Denver, because he probably is, especially in their situation. Like I said, Afflalo might have been one of the top two or three free agent targets period in this whole class. But a lot of that was probably because he was seen as a value pickup.

Now the question becomes if Denver can pay out Nene, Afflalo and then add Ty Lawson and Gallinari who are up for new deals soon. And now how much do you have to pay those two? The Nuggets are really committing to this group, but it's decidedly without a bonafide star play. Maybe Gallinari is that guy, but maybe not. The team seemed to thrive on that team-ball aspect last season, but is it good for sustainable success?

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:15 am

Report: Afflalo re-signs with Nuggets

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Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:51 am

Report: Afflalo re-signs with Nuggets

Glad to hear it's official that Afflalo is back... although it was pretty much a given based on his recent comments about having a roster spot saved for him. Arron Afflalo will definitely be expected to provide more of a leadership role given the chaotic nature of the China situation with many of the Nugg's players stuck there.

I also agree with some of the other comments... team-ball is something the Nuggs really embraced last year, albeit they had the advantage of losing Melo with the home-stretch of a playoff run in their sights. Getting rid of 'Melo was a good thing. Nuggs played better without him, but it can be argued they had a chip on their shoulder and wanted to prove they could win without the massive egomaniac Carmelo. I hope that continues this season.

Karl will definitely be experimenting with lots of lineups with this latest crop of blue-collar players. I am confident in his ability to find good lineup combos. Nene and Afflalo both being back will definitely help provide some badly needed stability.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:18 am

Report: Afflalo re-signs with Nuggets

The team seemed to thrive on that team-ball aspect last season, but is it good for sustainable success?

It's sad that it has come to this in the NBA, that asking if "team-ball" can be successful is a ligit question. What's even worse is that the answer is likely "No". However, it's the only shot a small market team has at being competitive enough to keep a fanbase remotely happy. As a Magic fan I've come to accept that the best I can hope for longterm is for them to be a bottom level playoff team. Of course the small market teams can always get lucky in the lottery and land a star which will give them a small window of opportunity until that star forces his way out of town.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:36 am

Report: Afflalo re-signs with Nuggets

He's a good player, who is a real pro, and congratulations to him, but $8.5 million per year seems rather steep considering his career totals.  He's an undersized two, who understands the game well and plays good defense, but he's really had only one breakout year.  His other totals are more in tune with a complementary player.

These restricted free agents often seem to cash in as the player's existing team tries to scare away other suitors with big dollars and long years.

Hard to believe it was just recently that a number of the owners were making noise about controlling costs and losing money.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:28 am

Report: Afflalo re-signs with Nuggets

In my opinion Afflalo was worth the money. He's an all around player at both ends of the court. He's just entering his prime, and if he can stay healthy he should be one of the top off guards for the next 4 or five years. He's also a leader who doesn't make demands and fits into the system Denver employs. Last year he dealt with hamstring problems which limited his effectiveness. If he sheds them this year he'll verge on all-styar status. Denver was wise to tie him up as long as possible.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:17 am

Report: Afflalo re-signs with Nuggets

So how do they ever cut player's percent of revenue from 57% to 50% considering the contracts that are being signed?

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:14 am

Report: Afflalo re-signs with Nuggets

Well, I think the Nuggets definitely overpaid for Nene, and probably did so for Afflalo as well.  The real question, though, is whether both guys step up their games to justify their contracts. 

In that regard, I have higher hopes for Afflalo than for Nene, who has already denied that he is 'the man' in Denver.  Frankly, for the money Nene now gets, he needs to come close to averaging a double-double if you ask me.  He needs to demand the ball more on offense, and insist that the offense goes through him at crunch time.  (And he needs to work hard on the free throw shooting.)  Given his laid-back demeanor, though, I doubt we're going to get 19/10 seasons from him. 

Afflalo, on the other hand, seems to have an idea that more is expected of him.  When Melo was around, he could sit back and be the team's 3rd or 4th scorer, but he seemed even then to realize that people expected a better scoring average from him.  Considering he shot around 50% last year, there's definitely room for him to take more shots even if his shooting percentage declines a bit.  The league is full of supposed superstar scorers who shoot 43% from the field.    

As for the article's final question, my answer is "I sure hope so".  It's about time we saw real basketball being played again instead of the one-on-one isolation crap that passes for the game these days.  The whole point of running an offense is to get guys quality shots.  Instead, we get players trying to create scoring opportunities on their own, which leaves everyone else standing around.  And, what results is a lot of ugly shots, terrible shooting percentages and butt ugly play.     

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