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Report: Arron Afflalo to opt out of final year of contract with Blazers

Devin Harris, Arron Afflalo

Devin Harris, Arron Afflalo

AP

This summer, the Blazers will have to address the free agency of three starters: LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez. Now, you can add another name to that list: sixth man and trade-deadline acquisition Arron Afflalo. NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports that Afflalo will opt out of the final year of his deal, which would have paid him $7.75 million:

The Blazers traded for Afflalo to come off the bench, but he was forced into a starting role shortly thereafter following the season-ending Achilles injury to Matthews. In 25 games with the Blazers, he averaged 10.6 points per game and shot 40 percent from three-point range. Teams all over the league who need help on the wings will certainly be giving him a look, and he would be helpful for the Blazers to re-sign as well, given Matthews’ uncertain status both as a free agent and with his injury.