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Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams opt out of deals with Knicks, source says

Arron Afflalo #4 of the New York Knicks

Arron Afflalo #4 of the New York Knicks celebrates in the second half of a game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 12, 2016. Credit: Getty Images / Elsa

Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams have informed the Knicks that they are opting out of their contracts, a league source said.

Afflalo was set to make $8 million next season and Williams $4.6 million.

These moves, which were expected, should open roughly $13 million more to use when free agency begins July 1. The Knicks could have around $35 million to spend on free agents, but that depends on other transactions. Their needs in free agency are both backcourt positions.

There’s still a chance that Williams could return. He would fit well in new coach Jeff Hornacek’s up-tempo system. Williams, the No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft, averaged 9.3 points in 80 games last season.

Afflalo, whom the Knicks signed last year to be their starting shooting guard, ended the season as a reserve and wasn’t happy with his role. He averaged 12.8 points.

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