Marc Stein of ESPN has made his latest "Stein's Scoop" column all about the Portland Trail Blazers. He poses 5 questions about the Blazers and offers answers. Amid the obligatory "LaMarcus Aldridge might be leaning towards leaving Portland" assertion, he offers this about Arron Afflalo:
Arron Afflalo, I'm told, intends to go ahead with plans to opt out this summer even though a right shoulder injury obviously prevented him from making the post-trade deadline smash in Portland that he'd hoped.
Afflalo is scheduled to make $7.5 million next year. Nothing prevents Portland from making him an offer, but he's an unrestricted free agent and can take his services wherever he wishes.
Afflalo came to the Blazers in a February deal which sent Will Barton, Thomas Robinson, Victor Claver, and a lottery-protected first-round pick to the Denver Nuggets. The Blazers received Alonzo Gee in the trade as well.
Afflalo averaged 10.6 points on 41% shooting, 40% from the three-point arc in 25 games with the Trail Blazers during the regular season. He averaged 30 minutes per game. Afflalo suffered a shoulder strain late in the year. He appeared in 3 games during Portland's first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 1.7 points on 17% shooting in 20 minutes per game.
Hat tip to The Letter O for getting a version of this up in the FanShots. We always appreciate that!