Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo not concerned about contract status

Denver sharpshooter keeps focus on 2014-15 season
by Aaron Lopez

Arron Afflalo describes himself as an “in-the-moment” type of guy.

Forecasting his NBA future next summer isn’t high on the priority list.

Happy to be back in Denver for the second time in his career, the veteran shooting guard plans to focus on the 2014-15 season before worrying about his contract situation with the Nuggets.

“It’s something I probably won’t touch on throughout the season because it won’t be of any importance until the offseason,” Afflalo said.

Afflalo, acquired from the Orlando Magic last week, can opt out of the final year of his contract next summer. His strong relationship with Nuggets president Josh Kroenke and his history with the team certainly will be part of the equation when he ultimately does have to make a decision.

“This is the franchise that gave me my first real opportunity,” said Afflalo, who played for the Nuggets from 2009-12. “Essentially my third year in the NBA was almost like my rookie year in terms of getting minutes and getting some experience, so I’m forever grateful of that opportunity. I’m grateful to be here again.

“Josh and (general manager) Tim (Connelly), they didn’t have to bring me back, so to me, that lets me know that they appreciate me for what I was and what I’m continuing to become – and that’s something I’ll definitely consider next summer.”