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Nuggets Agree To 5-Year Deal With Afflalo

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Arron Afflalo of the Denver Nuggets drives against Kirk Hinrich of the Atlanta Hawks on March 16, 2011 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Arron Afflalo of the Denver Nuggets drives against Kirk Hinrich of the Atlanta Hawks on March 16, 2011 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) – The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a five-year deal with restricted free agent Arron Afflalo.

The Denver Post first reported Monday night the guard had agreed to a contract that could be worth up to $43 million.

Nuggets coach George Karl was preaching the importance of bringing back Afflalo, the player he considered the “glue guy” of the team.

Afflalo averaged 12.6 points last season and took on a bigger leadership role once Denver dealt Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks last February. The team went 18-7 the rest of the way to make the playoffs.

This is the second deal Denver has orchestrated in a week. The team also re-signed Nene to a five-year, $67 million deal.

The Nuggets open the preseason on Tuesday by hosting Phoenix.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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