Arron Afflalo, the UCLA guard who many feel was the spiritual and physical embodiment of the best of the Ben Howland era, has apparently been traded from the Orlando Magic to the Denver Nuggets. It represents a sort of homecoming for AA, who first played in Denver after being traded there by Detroit Pistons, the team that first selected him. He is coming off of a career year (he averaged better than 18 points) and has one year remaining on his current contract.
Afflalo, you will recall, was the first player to commit to then new head coach Ben Howland. His excellent defense and tough, determined on court demeanor served as a metaphor for Howland's early, Final Four teams. Afflalo played three seasons in Westwood before being drafted by the Pistons.
He's been the subject of trade rumors for a while. Last off season, the Los Angeles Clippers tried to work a deal for him involving Eric Bledsoe. Eventually, the Clippers put Bledsoe in a deal for J.J. Redick to play the off guard position. There was talk this off season that the Clippers were again going after Afflalo. The Magic originally acquired Afflalo in the multi-team deal that saw Dwight Howard traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
I don't follow the Magic closely enough to understand why they wanted to rid themselves of Afflalo after his best season, a season in which he got serious All Star consideration (his spot eventually went to Toronto's DeMar DeRozan). It probably is a contract thing.