Following what was perhaps the best season of his career, Arron was all set to take the next step in Denver.
But his path took a twist on August 10, when AA was included in the four-player deal that sent Dwight Howard to Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia and Andre Iguodala to Denver. Arron was the centerpiece of the package that went back to Orlando for Howard, one of the game's elite players. As they shipped off their star, the Magic sought a collection of young players on the rise and Arron fit the mold to a tee.
"We love his mindset, love his toughness, love his penchant to compete every day," Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan told Sports Illustrated. "We really feel that he's someone who can set the tone for the organization and help set the tone for the culture and the kind of work ethic and mindset that we want the players to embody. I just really like his makeup.”
Despite planting some solid roots during his three years in Denver, Arron was thrilled with the move. He spent the rest of the offseason working on being a more complete player and entered 2012 Magic Training Camp with a fresh outlook on the coming season and a new chapter in his career.
"It's definitely a new day. I'm very happy and appreciative of the opportunity to be there and represent that city to the fullest," Arron said. "I plan on being the best player I can be, period. I'd love to continue to grow as a person and as a player offensively and defensively. Personally I don't think there's a better place to do it at this time than Orlando."