Darrell Arthur, a versatile big who has developed three-point range, has opted out of his contract with the Denver Nuggets and hitting the open market and will be on the Wizards' short list of targets, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com
Darrell Arthur has officially opted out of his contract w/Nuggets - I have a mess of updates to make - he's one https://t.co/O1iZ2R9cOU— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) June 24, 2016
Arthur, 28, has been a reserve in the NBA since his 2008-09 rookie season and can be an occasional starter when needed. He was scheduled to make $2.9 million but opted out with the salary cap rising to $94 million this summer.
Currently, the Wizards have Markieff Morris as their starting power forward and a player with Arthur’s skill set behind him would make sense.
Arthur, at 6-9, is a good defender and had averages of 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 38.5% three-point shooting in 70 appearances last season. He had a career-high in makes (45) from three and takes (117).
He has earned a raise. Arthur has never made more than $3.5 million for a season in the NBA. That's about to change, and to get him shouldn't require the type of bump in salary that's going to eat a hole in the salary cap.