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Arron Afflalo "Expected" to Play against Memphis Grizzlies

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The veteran two-guard is likely to make his Magic début on Wednesday in a preseason game against the Grizz.

Justin Edmonds

After sitting out the Orlando Magic's first six preseason games with a strained hamstring, shooting guard Arron Afflalo is set to make his début in pinstripes.

According to John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com, Afflalo expects to play Wednesday evening when the Magic take the court at FedExForum against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Magic acquired Afflalo, who turned 27 earlier in October, from the Denver Nuggets in the four-team Dwight Howard trade. He and fellow former Nugget Al Harrington, widely regarded as the best players Orlando received in return for the future Hall-of-Fame center, have yet to play for the Magic.

As Denton writes, sitting out "has been especially difficult" for Afflalo, as he's eager to "impress his new team, new coach Jacque Vaughn and his new Magic teammates."

In the first year of a new five-year, $38 million contract, Afflalo averaged 15.2 points per game for Denver in 2011/12. He projects as Orlando's full-time starting shooting guard and will likely have to spend a few minutes per game at small forward in order to ensure Magic sixth-man J.J. Redick logs enough minutes.

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