Guard Nate Robinson and Forward Darrell Arthur have both decided to exercise their player options for the 2014-15 season and return to the Rocky Mountains for another year.
Robinson will be picking up his $2.1 million player option. He will be entering his 12th season and second with the Denver Nuggets. Last season, Robinson averaged 10 points for the Nuggets coming off the bench usually as the 7th or 8th man. Coach Brian Shaw loved Robinson’s energy and passion for the game, something fans have come to admire every stop he’s made.
Injuries ended Robinson’s season early after he tore a ligament in his knee, ending his first season with the Nuggets after 44 games. Robinson is determined to bounce back from last year. Shaw will look for him to come off the bench again and provide someone who off the bench has the ability to get his own shot and accumulate swift shifts in momentum that only Robinson can muster up.
Arthur will exercising his almost $3.5 million player option. Arthur was traded last year from the Memphis Grizzlies for forward Kosta Koufous. Arthur will be entering his fifth season and is on the breach of his prime years at the age of 26.
Last year for the Nuggets, Arthur averaged nearly 6 points and 3 rebounds coming off the bench. The Nuggets don’t need Arthur to light up a box score. Instead, Arthur is the Nuggets’ dirty work type of player. They like when he’s physical with the opposing team’s big men and provides energy and hustle plays on the defensive side. Look for Arthur next year to be the 9th or 10th man to come off of Brian Shaw’s deep bench.
So the general question is; how does this affect the Nuggets’ offseason?
Not that either player picking up their respectful option is a bad thing for Denver, it just leaves even less cap space then there already was for Tim Connelly to work with this summer. Basically (unless a release or trade is in the future) the only players that will be leaving Denver from last year’s squad are the two players they acquired at the trade deadline: Aaron Brooks and Jan Vesely.
The Denver Nuggets front office felt injuries were a huge contribution for Nuggets’ first losing season in nearly 12 years. Expect the same team to essentially be returning to Pepsi Center. The addition of a draft prospect might cause the team to release a player or two, but unless Connelly proceeds with a trade or recent rumors of drafting Dario Saric, who’s under a European league team contract for the next two years, Nuggets fans won’t have to worry about getting to know their team, they can just look at last season’s roster programs.