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Arron Afflalo Plans to Opt Out, per Report

Portland Trail Blazers guard Arron Afflalo plans to opt out of his $7.75 million contract for next season, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

The Blazers acquired Afflalo at the trade deadline to provide bench help, but he was thrust into a larger role when Wesley Matthews went down for the season with an Achilles injury. The results were quite mixed.

Afflalo shot 40.0 percent from three in 25 regular-season games with Portland, but he shot just 41.4 percent overall and he suffered a shoulder injury at the tail end of the year.

Afflalo missed the first two games of the Blazers’ first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies, and while he returned for Game 3, he was a complete non-factor the rest of the series. He scored just five points on 2-of-12 shooting in the final three games, including two goose eggs in the final two games. C.J. McCollum was far better and took Afflalo’s minutes, although Afflalo remained in the starting lineup.

With McCollum improving, Portland may not see a need to keep around Afflalo, although that could change depending on what happens with Matthews in free agency. A healthy Afflalo is still a solid player, but only at the right price.

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