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Report: Darrell Arthur opting out of Nuggets contract

Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 23: Darrell Arthur #00 of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a three point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 23, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nuggets defeated the Suns 104-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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When the Nuggets signed Darrell Arthur with their room exception last summer, I praised the deal for Denver then added:

If Arthur continues to develop his jumper, this signing could be a major steal. I wouldn’t count on that, but there’s a little upside with the 27-year-old.

Well, Arthur posted career highs in 3-pointers made (45) and 3-point percentage (38.5).

So, he doesn’t want to be a major steal any longer.

Arthur, who would’ve made $2,940,630 by opting in, should get a substantial raise in this cap environment. At age 28, this is his chance to secure a major contract.

Once again, Denver defended far better with him on the floor – 103.5 points allowed per 100 possessions with him on, 108.3 with him off. The combo forward is extremely versatile in the range of players he can guard, and his basketball IQ is high on that end. At 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, he’s not the best rebounder, though.

Nearly every team could use someone like Arthur. At least a few will likely bid for his services.