Arron Afflalo

While Nuggets execs continue to hammer out a possible deal with Arron Afflalo – a restricted free agent who said he wants to return to Denver – coach George Karl spoke honestly about the importance of Afflalo in his post-Carmelo system.

“I think Arron has become our most intangible glue guy,” the coach said. “When we evaluate why we lost in the playoffs (to Oklahoma City in the first round), free throw shooting was No. 1 and not having Arron Afflalo was probably No. 2.”

There was indeed a big hullaballoo about Afflalo’s absence during the most of the first round, sparking debate about his importance.

– Reported by Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post (blog)