ORLANDO — In a deal that mystified many Magic fans, the team traded shooting guard Arron Afflalo to the Nuggets on Thursday for swingman Evan Fournier and the 56th pick in this year's draft.
Afflalo played for the Nuggets for three seasons before being dealt to Orlando in 2012 as part of the four-team, 12-player deal that also involved Dwight Howard going to the Lakers. Afflalo averaged 18 points for the Magic last season.
Afflalo, 28, is on track to become a free agent during the summer of 2015, and the Magic likely wanted to ensure it would receive an asset in return.
Fournier, 21, was underwhelming this past season in Denver. He started four games and averaged 8.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.8 minutes per game.
Acquiring Fournier for Afflalo opens about $6 million in additional cap space for Orlando. The Magic could have as much as $28.7 million in cap space this summer if it waives Jameer Nelson, Doron Lamb, Ronnie Price, Jason Maxiell and Dewayne Dedmon, but Orlando still isn't expected to be a major player in free agency.
Did you know? It didn't take long for one of the coolest streaks in sports to reach 13 years. Andrew Wiggins was taken by the Cavaliers with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, meaning at least one son of a former NBA player has been selected every year since 2002. Wiggins, whose father, Mitchell, a former FSU standout, played six seasons in the league, left Kansas after one season. He's the first son of a former player to go No. 1 overall. Jabari Parker of Duke, taken second by the Bucks, is the son of Sonny Parker, who played six seasons in the league. Mike Dunleavy started the father-son streak in 2002. There were three sons of former players taken last year: Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Rice Jr. and Erik Murphy.