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Nuggets Acquire Afflalo, Sharpe from Detroit


DENVER, Jul. 13, 2009 -- The Denver Nuggets have acquired guard Arron Afflalo and forward Walter Sharpe from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for a second round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, team Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien announced today.

“We are very pleased to add two young promising prospects like Arron and Walter to our veteran roster,” said Warkentien. “Arron is a proven NBA defender with an incredible work ethic and Walter is a talented but raw player with tremendous upside.”

Afflalo, 6-5, 215, will be entering his third season in the NBA in 2009-10. The 2007 first round selection of the Pistons (27th overall) holds career averages of 4.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg in 14.8 minutes per contest in 149 career games. He made 74 appearances (eight starts) for Detroit this past season, averaging 4.9 ppg in 16.7 minutes. Additionally, Afflalo posted 6.3 ppg in 16.5 mpg during the Pistons’ four playoff games in 2009.

Sharpe, 6-9, 245, averaged 1.0 ppg in eight appearances as a rookie with Detroit in 2008-09. He also played four games with Fort Wayne of the NBA Development League last season, posting 10.8 ppg and 3.5 rpg. He was originally drafted by the Seattle Sonics in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft, before having his draft rights traded to Detroit on draft night.