The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired guard Arron Afflalo and forward Alonzo Gee from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for guard Will Barton, forward Victor Claver, forward Thomas Robinson and a lottery-protected 2016 first round draft pick, President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey announced today.
If Portland’s 2016 first round draft pick is not conveyed to Denver, it will move to a 2017 lottery-protected first round pick. If that pick is not conveyed, the Nuggets will receive two future second round picks.
“Arron is a proven winner with playoff experience who will be easily integrated into our culture,” said Olshey. “He possesses a skill set that complements our style of play on both ends of the floor and will make an immediate impact as we continue our playoff push. Alonzo is an elite athlete and defender who adds a unique element to our perimeter.
“We thank Thomas, Will and Victor for their contributions to the team and wish them all the best for the future.”
Afflalo, 29, is averaging 14.5 points (42.8% FG, 33.7% 3-PT, 84.1% FT), 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 53 games (all starts) for the Nuggets this season. A 6-5, 215-pound wing, Afflalo holds career averages of 11.5 points (45.5% FG, 38.4% 3-PT, 81.8% FT), 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 552 games (413 starts) over eight seasons with Detroit, Denver and Orlando.
Gee, 27, is posting averages of 4.9 points (48.2% FG, 41.7% 3-PT, 73.8% FT), 1.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists this season with Denver. Gee (6-6, 225) has career averages of 7.5 points (42.4% FG, 33.3% 3-PT, 77.0% FT), 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 316 games (173 starts) over six seasons with Washington, San Antonio, Cleveland and Denver.
Barton averaged 3.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists in his two-plus seasons (144 games) with the Trail Blazers after being selected by Portland with the 40th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft.
In parts of three seasons with the Trail Blazers, Claver averaged 3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 80 games. Portland selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Valencia, Spain.
Robinson averaged 4.4 points (49.0% FG), 4.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.30 blocks per game in parts of two seasons with the Trail Blazers after being acquired in a July of 2013 trade with Houston.