• Afflalo will have option to test free agency after first year
  • Averaged 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds per game last season

Shooting guard Arron Afflalo will sign a two-year, $16 million contract with the New York Knicks, ESPN reported.

The deal includes a player option for the second year, ESPN said, citing an unnamed source with knowledge of the agreement.

The option gives Afflalo the chance to test free agency as the National Basketball Association’s new $24 billion, nine-year television contracts take effect next season, significantly boosting the league’s salary cap.

Wednesday was the first day free agents could negotiate with teams and brought a frenzy of verbal agreements that totaled more than $1 billion in new deals. Contracts cannot be officially signed until July 9 under league rules.

Afflalo, 29, began last season with the Denver Nuggets and in February was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. He played in 78 games during the season, averaging 13.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He has an 11.4 point per game scoring average in eight seasons in the NBA.

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