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Arron Afflalo up for challenge with Knicks: 'I wanted to be here'

The Denver Nuggets' Randy Foye, right, defends against

The Denver Nuggets' Randy Foye, right, defends against Portland Trail Blazers' Arron Afflalo, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 28, 2015. Credit: AP

LAS VEGAS - Arron Afflalo canceled his meetings with other teams after he sat down with Knicks officials.

The veteran guard felt comfortable with the Knicks and what they were trying to do after his meeting with team president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and coach Derek Fisher in Los Angeles. Afflalo, who played with Carmelo Anthony in Denver, signed a two-year, $16-million contract to be their starting shooting guard.

"They didn't have to do too much recruiting," Afflalo said Friday. "I wanted to be here. I wanted to be here. I saw an opportunity to kind of get into a situation where they were looking to rise up again.

"That's what you want to be a part of -- a challenging situation that brings out the best in you. The Knicks, between Phil and Melo and Steve and knowing Coach Fisher for a while now, it seemed perfect for me."

Afflalo played with Anthony for 1 1/2 seasons in Denver. He's averaged 11.4 points and shot 38.5 percent from three-point range in his eight-year career with the Pistons, Nuggets, Magic and Blazers. He has averaged more than 15 points three times in his career, and averaged 13.3 points last season.

Afflalo said he hasn't spoken to Anthony recently, but reuniting with him was another reason he chose the Knicks.

"My game continuously got better with him," Afflalo said. "He drew a lot of attention from me back then and got me a lot of open shots. So I'm looking forward to that again."

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