Jan 17, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) shoots over Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Charlotte Hornets 'remain the darkhorse' for Arron Afflalo

The rumors surrounding Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo are starting to heat up.

The Magic would probably like to clear room for young players like Victor Oladipo, Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris while gaining an asset in the process and Afflalo is coming off of the best season of his career.

Both the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls have been very interested in acquiring Afflalo and according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Hornets “remain the dark horse” for Afflalo.

The Magic are said to have the entire team on the table for the right combination of assets. The Magic hold the fourth and 12th picks in Thursday’s draft and have been angling to move up in the draft, possibly into one of the top two picks. Sources say there really is not much that’s off limits in talks and that Orlando is willing to listen to overtures on their own picks in trade down scenarios too. The Chicago Bulls have been linked most prominently to a deal with Orlando involving shooting guard Arron Afflalo, although sources say that’s not likely happening on draft night, but it’s still very much in play. The dark horse to obtain Afflalo still remains the Charlotte Hornets, who have long coveted him and are willing to give up the ninth pick and a roster player to do it.

Afflalo, who is reportedly open to being dealt to a playoff team, had the best season of his career last season. He averaged 18.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 45.9% from the field, 42.7% from beyond the arc and 81.5% from the free throw line.

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