Arthur was waived by the Suns on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
This was the expectation all along when the Suns acquired Arthur back in July, but the team decided to keep him around through training camp and the preseason. The veteran will now become a free agent and look to catch on with another team in need of frontcourt depth.
The Nets traded Arthur to the Suns on Friday in exchange for Jared Dudley and a 2021 second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Phoenix is expected to buy out the remainder of Arthur's contract in the coming days.
After now being traded twice in the last week, it looks like Arthur is going to have his choice of team in unrestricted free agency. The bad news for Arthur is that he's coming off his least productive NBA season to date after being hampered with injuries and struggling to find minutes off the Nuggets' bench when healthy. The 30-year-old has played just 60 total games over the last two seasons.
Arthur was traded to the Nets on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Arthur was part of a package sent over to Brooklyn along with Kenneth Faried and future draft picks as a salary cap dump. Arthur, 30, played sparingly in 2017 with an average of just 7.4 minutes per game with the Nuggets. He may have a chance at increased minutes with the Nets, but there's also a chance he's not with the club for long.
Arthur exercised his $7.4 million player option for the 2018-19 season Friday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
Given that Arthur's market value as a free agent this offseason would likely be close to the minimum, picking up the player option was a no brainer for the 30-year-old. Arthur appeared in just 19 games this season, averaging 2.8 points per game, and he'll likely find himself out of the rotation once again in 2018-19. However, given that Arthur is now an expiring contract, he could be used in a potential trade as salary filler.
Arthur tallied 2.8 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists over 19 games played with the Nuggets in 2017-18.
The 29-year-old found himself out of the Nuggets' rotation early on this season and it was one of the reasons why his totals drastically declined. Arthur also shot a career worst 66.7 percent from the free-throw line as well as attempting only 2.5 shots per game. The former Kansas standout has a player option for the 2018-19 season of about $7.5 million and it figures that Arthur will opt in given his miserably production this season.
Arthur had 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two steals, one rebound, and one assist in 14 minutes during Monday's 121-104 win over the Hornets.
Arthur matched his season high in scoring while swiping a season high in steals. This was just his 11th appearance of 2017-18, but Mason Plumlee (calf) may miss the next couple weeks. As a result, Arthur will likely have a chance to contribute in the immediate future and prove he belongs a more regular role going forward.
Arthur (undisclosed) will be available to play Monday against the Hornets, Gina Mizell of The Denver Post reports.
Arthur has seen an increase in playing time following Mason Plumlee's injury, however he's averaging just 11.3 minutes in the past three games. Arthur has yet to see 20 minutes in a game this season, meaning he likely won't see enough time to provide much fantasy value Monday.
Arthur did not participate in shootaround and is questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets due to an undisclosed injury, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
Arthur has recently be added to the rotation on a limited basis with Mason Plumlee (calf) out for at least the next two weeks, but there are no reports as to exactly he missed shootaround Monday. Expect an update on Arthur's status to come closer to tip-off against Charlotte.
Arthur will come off the bench for Thursday's contest against the Thunder, Gina Mizell of The Denver Post reports.
Arthur drew the start for Tuesday's game against the Spurs due to the absence of Mason Plumlee (calf), but coach Michael Malone has noted that he will come off the bench Thursday. That said, coach Malone did not reveal who he would be starting in Arthur's stead. It's unclear if Arthur will see fewer minutes.
Arthur got a rare start on Tuesday and tallied 10 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-1 FT)), three rebounds and two assists across 19 minutes of action in a 106-104 loss to the Spurs.
Arthur has only played more than five minutes three times all season, and these 19 minutes played marked a season-high. The reason for the start was an injury to Mason Plumlee (calf), and Arthur could remain in the rotation until Plumlee returns.
Arthur will start at power forward for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.
The Nuggets recently lost Mason Plumlee to a calf injury, so Arthur will get the first shot at replacing him in the starting lineup. It's a somewhat surprising move, as Arthur has been outside the rotation recently and logged just one minute over the team's last seven games. For that reason, Arthur will obviously see a sizable bump in his overall workload, though it wouldn't be surprising if fellow forward Trey Lyles out-paced him in minutes. Unlike Arthur, Lyles has been a part of the rotation recently and has averaged 25.4 minutes over the last five contests. Kenneth Faried could also factor into the equation at power forward as well, which further muddies Arthur's projected value.
Arthur (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Wednesday's 134-111 win over the Suns.
Among the 13 active Nuggets, Arthur was the only player who didn't see the floor as head coach Michael Malone emptied his bench amid the blowout. Arthur's failure to get off the bench even in an easy win illustrates his low standing on the depth chart. The veteran has only made five appearances all season and isn't likely to see any consistent run unless injuries ravage the Nuggets frontcourt.
Arthur (knee/illness) is not listed on the injury report in advance of Sunday's preseason contest against the Spurs, Adam Mares of DenverStiffs.com reports.
Arthur has been battling both a knee issue and stomach illness, but the team seemingly feels he's healthy enough to remove from the injury report. He'll likely be competing for reserve forward minutes throughout the season.
Arthur (knee/illness) was unable to play in Monday's preseason game against the Lakers.
Arthur has been recovering from a knee injury this preseason and recently started battling a stomach illness, leaving his return date up in the air. Paul Millsap and Juancho Hernangomez are expected to take a chunk of Arthur's minutes again if he is unable to play in the Nuggets' next preseason game against the Lakers on Wednesday.
Arthur (knee/illness) did not play in the Nuggets' preseason opener Saturday.
The team hasn't said much about Arthur's condition, but he had been battling an illness leading up to the contest and was still working back from an offseason knee procedure. The reserve forward should be considered questionable for Monday's matchup with the Lakers until further notice.
Arthur (knee) is dealing with a stomach issue which has been plaguing him since he returned from Germany to undergo PRP therapy, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.
The issue isn't allowing him to keep food down in the mornings, which will seemingly affect his energy during practices. Tests have returned negative, which can be a good or bad sign depending on one's outlook. The situation may be worth monitoring, as it would be tough for him to perform up to par if he continues to deal with the issue throughout the season.
Arthur (knee) will face limitations to begin training camp, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Arthur underwent a procedure on his left knee over the summer, and while he'll participate in the team's first practice Tuesday, coach Mike Malone indicated that the veteran will likely be held out of action Wednesday to limit the strain on his knee. Barring a setback, Arthur should have no trouble returning to full health prior to the start of the regular season. In 2016-17, Arthur averaged 6.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists in just under 16 minutes per game.
Arthur will undergo a Regenokine treatment in Germany for his left knee 'soon', Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.
After dealing with knee issues for the majority of the year and playing in just 41 games last season, Arthur has decided to undergo an anti-inflammatory treatment for his knee. The 29-year-old forward averaged 6.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists across 15.6 minutes per game during the 2016-17 campaign.
Arthur supplied nine points (3-9 FG, 3-7 3Pt) and three rebounds across 17 minutes in a 109-91 win over the Mavericks on Tuesday.
Arthur had been available for the last few games after a sore knee that sidelined him in late March, but he didn't return to the rotation until Tuesday with the Nuggets holding out five players for rest or injury. The forward lived almost exclusively from beyond the arc in the outing, drilling three of the team's 18 three-pointers. The Nuggets could be without as many as six players again Wednesday against the Thunder in the season finale, but don't expect Arthur to see much of an uptick in playing time from what he received in the front end of the back-to-back set.
Arthur (knee) is listed as probable for Friday's tilt with the Pelicans, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Arthur was cleared to play in Wednesday's game against the Rockets, but didn't touch the floor in his return. It remains to be see if it was injury related or if he's just fallen completely out of the rotation, but once again, he should be available to play Friday. Arthur appears to be stuck in a very minor role off the bench, which severely limits his overall fantasy production over the last four games of the regular season.
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