Report: Darrell Arthur opting out of Nuggets contract

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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.