Afflalo agreed to a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarwoski of The Vertical reports. The Kings lacked depth at the guard position, making this signing a reasonable move. With the Knicks last season, Afflalo averaged 12.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while playing 33.4 minutes per game and shooting 44 percent from the field. He'll share time with Ben McLemore at the shooting guard position, and Afflalo could even replace McLemore in the starting lineup.
Afflalo opted out of his $8 million contract for the 2016-17 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops reports. Afflalo was never satisfied with his role with the Knicks last season, and the allure of a larger contract on the open market prompted the swingman to pursue free agency. He averaged 12.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 33.4 minutes per game in his 71 appearances with the Knicks in 2015-16, but might be hard-pressed to get that kind of playing time if he opts to sign with a contending team.
Afflalo scored 15 points (5-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT) while adding eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 34 minutes off the bench during Sunday's loss to the Pacers. It's the first time in five games that Afflalo has scored in double digits, as he's become mostly an afterthought in the Knicks' offense since losing his starting job to Sasha Vujacic. With Carmelo Anthony (rest) out, however, Afflalo was able to produce a solid performance. Unless Anthony misses more time to close out the season, Afflalo likely isn't worth rostering.
Afflalo pitched in with 12 points (5-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, and seven assists in 35 minutes during the Knicks' 115-107 win against the Knicks on Wednesday. Afflalo continues to come off the bench behind Sasha Vujacic. However, Vujacic has played exactly 13 minutes in each of the last three games while Afflalo is averaging 12.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 35 minutes through nine March appearances.
Afflalo will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Bulls. Interim coach Kurt Rambis will continue to stick with Sasha Vujacic as his shooting guard, and with Carmelo Anthony (migraine) returning to action, there won't be a starting spot on the wing left over for Afflalo. The move back to a reserve role shouldn't result in too much of a downturn in Afflalo's court time, however, as he'll likely double up Vujacic in minutes.
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