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Arron Afflalo opts out of player option with Knicks

Just one day before the Knicks made a trade with the Chicago Bulls for point guard Derrick Rose, Knicks’ guard Arron Afflalo opted out of the remainder of his contract.

According to The Associated Press’ Michael Scotto, the 30-year-old guard turned down his $8 million player option for next season to become an unrestricted free agent. It’s unclear yet whether Afflalo was made aware of the trade and if that had any bearing on his decision, but the timing certainly seems to suggest that is the case.

In his single season with the Knicks, Afflalo averaged just 12.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2 assists in 33 minutes. He also missed 11 games due to injury and started in 57 of the 71 games in which he played.

As a result of his poor play, interim head coach Kurt Rambis moved Arron to a bench role midway through the season. The move caused some drama in with the Knicks’ front office as Rambis claimed Afflalo was made aware of the demotion, while the point guard said otherwise.

Wherever he ends up next season, it’s unlikely the 30-year-old will be able to land a starting job as a point guard in a league that is filled with so much talent at the position.

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