DENVER (AP) — JJust like that, Arron Afflalo’s in the thick of a playoff chase again. Afflalo’s second stint in Denver came to an end Thursday, with the veteran guard going to the Portland Trail Blazers in a five-player deal. The Nuggets also included backup forward Alonzo Gee in the trade. General manager Tim Connelly said that in return, Denver received Thomas Robinson, Victor Claver, Will Barton and a lottery-protected first-round pick in 2016. Afflalo certainly landed in a good place – a Portland squad out to a big lead in the Northwest Division. “That’s great for him,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said before the team left for Milwaukee for their game Friday night. With Afflalo, the Blazers acquired a shooter who can come in off the bench to spell starters Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He brings a lot of everything: He brings a toughness, a shot-making ability, he brings a defensive presence,” Matthews said. “And hopefully a hunger.” Afflalo is averaging 14.5 points this season, but has struggled at times with his shooting touch. He’s hitting just under 43 percent from the floor, which would be his worst since his rookie season in 2007-08. “Arron is a proven winner with playoff experience who will be easily integrated into our culture,” Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said. “He possesses a skill set that complements our style of play on both ends of the floor and will make an immediate impact as we continue our playoff push. Alonzo is an elite athlete and defender who adds a unique element to our perimeter.” The 29-year-old Afflalo was reacquired by Denver from Orlando in a draft-night trade last June. Although his name has been mentioned leading to the trade deadline, Afflalo said it wasn’t bothering him. Trade Deadline: Dempsey on Nuggets Chris Dempsey from the Denver Post joins the show to discuss the Nuggets’ moves at the trade deadline. “I’m enjoying being a Nugget,” Afflalo said Wednesday after practice. “I’ll always enjoy being a Nugget, despite the losses, despite whatever individual role I have. I’ll be fine.” The Nuggets are shaking … – Click Here To Visit Article Source