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Nuggets get Arron Afflalo from Magic

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Young point guard Evan Fournier goes to Orlando

The Denver Nuggets have brought back Arron Afflalo, acquiring the veteran guard from the Orlando Magic on Thursday for point guard Evan Fournier and the No. 56 pick in the draft.

Afflalo, a former UCLA standout, played for the Nuggets for three seasons before being dealt to Orlando on Aug. 10, 2012, as part of the blockbuster four-team, 12-player deal that also involved Dwight Howard. Afflalo averaged 18 points for the Magic last season.

Fournier, 21, is an up-and-coming guard whose minutes increased late in the season after Andre Miller was traded to Washington and Nate Robinson went out with a knee injury. Fournier averaged 8.4 points and 1.5 assists in 2013-14.

Afflalo will turn 29 in October, and he has a player option for the 2015-16 season. He has indicated that he plans to decline his player option and become an unrestricted free agent in July 2015.

"Even a casual fan could probably tell that, if a player is maybe four years older than the average player on the team that it takes time for those other guys to develop," Afflalo said. "Basketball has a shelf life. Although I feel like I'm a player that's only going to get better with time . . . every franchise, every team has to give a lot of insight to what they feel is best."

NBA relativity

It didn't take long for one of the coolest streaks in sports to reach 13 years.

Andrew Wiggins was taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday night in the NBA draft, meaning at least one son of a former NBA player has been selected every year since 2002.

Wiggins, whose father Mitchell played six seasons in the NBA, left Kansas after just one season. He is the first son of a former player to be taken No. 1 overall in the draft.

Jabari Parker of Duke, who was taken second by the Milwaukee Bucks, is the son of Sonny Parker, who played six seasons in the NBA.

Mike Dunleavy started the father-son streak in 2002. There were three sons of former players taken last year: Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Rice Jr., and Erik Murphy.

Hornets are back

The Charlotte Hornets unveiled a new basketball court design Thursday that features a fierce-looking hornet logo at center court.

It's the final step in the team's brand identity transformation from the Bobcats to the Hornets.

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