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Arron Afflalo signs deal with Nuggets

Updated: December 21, 2011, 2:00 AM ET
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DENVER -- Arron Afflalo is back with his old team in a new role -- leader.

Afflalo, a restricted free agent, signed a five-year deal with the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday and will start practicing with the club Wednesday. He expects to be a leader on a young squad after spending his first four years learning from other veterans.

Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the five-year deal, with bonuses, would pay out in excess of $43 million to Afflalo, who was coveted by numerous top teams ...

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