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Jan 17, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives to the basket as Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson (9) defends during the second half at Amway Center. Bobcats won 111-101. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Orlando Magic turned down Charlotte Hornets' offer for Arron Afflalo

Many were caught off guard when the Orlando Magic traded guard Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets.

Trading Afflalo wasn’t the surprise – most expected the Magic to deal the veteran on Thursday night. It also wasn’t a surprise the Magic sent Afflalo to the Nuggets – they liked Afflalo before they dealt him to the Magic in the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers and were reportedly very interested in him once again.

The surprise was the the Magic didn’t get more of a return in the deal. All the Nuggets had to do was send swingman Evan Fournier  and the 56th-overall pick of Thursday night’s NBA Draft to the Magic to get a deal done. Although the Magic are apparently high on Fournier, it was widely believed Afflalo would at least fetch the Magic a first round pick.

Turns out it could have.

According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the Charlotte Hornets were willing to part with a veteran swingman of their own in Gerald Henderson and the 24th-overall pick in the first round of the draft to acquire Afflalo.

That means this was almost certainly a money issue – Fournier is due just $1.5 million this season and has a team option worth $2.3 million next season while Henderson is due $6 million this season and has a player option worth $6 million next season.

Afflalo is coming off of the best season of his career, averaging 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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