Arron Afflalo SG/SF NYK 1 month ago

Afflalo agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Knicks on Thursday, ESPN New York reports.

The deal includes a player option for the second year, enabling Afflalo to get back on the market next summer when the cap is expected to take a significant leap. The veteran spent last season with the Nuggets and Blazers, averaging13.3 points per game. He figures to slide easily into the starting shooting guard spot for New York.

Arron Afflalo SG/SF NYK 1 month ago

Afflalo opted out of the final year of his contract Tuesday, Jabari Young of Comcast SportsNet reports.

Afflalo had until Monday night to make a decision and, as expected, he'll decline his $7.4 million option for next season, making him a free agent. The 29-year-old will be on Portland's radar, but the team has other issues to sort out, namely the futures of Wes Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge, beforehand.

Arron Afflalo SG/SF NYK 3 months ago

Afflalo is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract, ESPN reports.

Afflalo, who was traded to the Blazers at the deadline, has a $7.4 million player option for the 2015-16 season, but he's expected to opt out and seek a longer-term deal. The 29-year-old figures to have no shortage of suitors, despite taking a step back this season after a stellar 2013-14 campaign. There's a chance he could return to Portland, though the Blazers will need to assess Wesley Matthews' situation first.

Arron Afflalo SG/SF NYK 3 months ago

Afflalo was held scoreless (0-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt) with one rebound and one assist in 19 minutes during Monday's win versus the Grizzlies.

In his second game in the lineup since missing five due to a strained shoulder, Afflalo was unable to connect from the floor Monday, as he did in a five-point, six rebound performance Saturday. The inability to fill Wesley Matthews' (Achilles) shoes at two-guard has afflicted the Blazers throughout the first round, but CJ McCollum has exploded off the bench behind Afflalo, racking up 22 points, nine rebounds, four steals, four three-pointers, and two assists over the past two contests. Afflalo should continue to get the nod at shooting guard, but his ineffectiveness should make way for McCollum to play in crunch time, where the second-year guard managed well Monday.

Arron Afflalo SG/SF NYK 3 months ago

Afflalo started at shooting guard and played 27 minutes in his return to the court Saturday. He put up five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, and one assist before fouling out.

Afflalo could be an intriguing option to use for Monday's Game 4 against the Grizzlies, as with Mike Conley (face) out, the Blazers backcourt could have a little more breathing room on offense. Afflalo was out with a shoulder injury since April 11.

Arron Afflalo SG/SF NYK 3 months ago

Afflalo (shoulder) will start in Game 3 against the Grizzlies on Saturday, The Columbian reports.

This will be the first time that Afflalo takes the court since suffering a strained right shoulder on Apr. 9. His move into the starting lineup should move C.J. McCollum back to his normal role off the bench. Although, it's possible that Afflalo may not be able to handle his normal 32.1 minutes per game after rushing back from injury so soon.

Arron Afflalo SG/SF NYK 3 months ago

Afflalo (shoulder) is listed as probable for Saturday's Game 3 against the Grizzlies, Erik Gundersen of The Oregonian reports.

Afflalo has not played in the first two games of the series after he suffered a strained right shoulder late in the regular season. After going through a full workout Friday, he's on track to return to the lineup, and he'd likely supplant Allen Crabbe as the starting two guard.

Arron Afflalo SG/SF NYK 3 months ago

Afflalo (shoulder) won't suit up Wednesday at Memphis, the Blazers' official site reports.

Afflalo tested out his healing right shoulder prior to the game and still didn't feel right, so he'll remain on the pine for the maximum two weeks that was expected after suffering the initial injury on Apr. 10. With a few more days of rest, expect him to return once the series returns to Portland on Saturday.

Arron Afflalo SG/SF NYK 3 months ago

Afflalo (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game at Memphis.

Afflalo holds the goal of active status in Game 2 of the Blazers' first-round series, but at this point, he's only managed to shoot midrange jumpers and has yet to extend his range to the three-point arc. The health of his right shoulder is improving, as evidenced by the upgrade from doubtful to questionable. Thus, it wouldn't surprise if Afflalo is available, though a return to the starting five in place CJ McCollum may be too much to ask at this point.

Arron Afflalo SG/SF NYK 3 months ago

Afflalo (shoulder) said his goal is to play in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Grizzlies, but he remained non-committal regarding his status, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Afflalo, who did not play in Game 1, said he's "definitely progressing" but is still "taking it day-to-day." At this point, he should remain questionable with the expectation that more information will be available following Wednesday's shootaround. If Afflalo is cleared to play, he could supplant C.J. McCollum as the starting shooting guard.