"Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo was pleased he was even in the conversation. Monday's deadline to sign him to a contract extension came and went without Afflalo signing, so he'll be a restricted free agent next summer. But the blossoming pro, in his fourth season, wasn't upset. 'I believe it's a privileged position to even be having the ability to have that conversation right now, with only two or three guys in my class even signing,' Afflalo said. 'So, from that standpoint, if my agent and management were talking, I definitely appreciate it. ... I put my best foot forward.' Afflalo is in the last year of his rookie contract. He was drafted in 2007 by the Detroit Pistons. The Nuggets have the ability to match any offer Afflalo receives during free agency. 'It's the nature of the business,' Afflalo said. 'I value this organization, and I hope they value me. We'll see what happens next summer.' "