Afflalo previously played for the Nuggets from 2009-2012, and frankly I’m not sure why they decided to move him in the first place. Afflalo was involved in the three-way deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers and brought Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets for a one year rental.
Apparently it took Afflalo becoming a standout player in another system for the Nuggets to realize what they had all along. It’s like getting a second chance with the one who got away, which of course doesn’t ever happen in real life.
Fournier was selected by the Nuggets with the 20th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and showed some incredible initial promise his rookie season. He was one of the few rookies George Karl ever gave significant minutes to — ever — in the history of his coaching career.
Fournier was given the opportunity to shine last season under Brian Shaw, who repeatedly inserted him into the starting lineup, hoping he would capitalize on the chance. He never seemed comfortable in Shaw’s system and again showed flashes of promise but never materialized into the player the Nuggets had hoped. Maybe he can be the next Nuggets player to thrive in a different system.
This move for the Nuggets is thought to be another piece to sweeten the deal for Kevin Love and entice him to sign an extension with the Nuggets if he is fact acquired in a draft day trade.
Afflalo gives the Nuggets exactly what they need and already had — an outside threat to create additional space for Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari to slash through. Only time will tell, of course, but this is sets into motion a set of events that Nuggets fans can be excited about.