Return to Nuggets was easy decision for Darrell Arthur

Veteran forward optimistic about Denver's prospects in 2014-15
by Aaron Lopez

Given an opportunity to test the free-agent market, Darrell Arthur wanted to finish what he started with the Denver Nuggets.

Eager to see how the Nuggets perform with a healthy roster, the versatile forward said it was an easy decision to exercise his contract option for 2014-15.

“I didn’t have to think about it too much,” Arthur said. “With all the injuries we had, I feel like we had a good team, but we just couldn’t get everybody on the court. I wanted to be a part of this group when we make some noise this year.”

Arthur, acquired by the Nuggets in a draft-night trade in 2013, averaged 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 68 games. He was one of the team’s best pick-and-roll defenders and expanded his shooting range beyond the 3-point line.

“I’m going to definitely keep working on my range from outside,” he said. “I also want to work on some off-the-dribble stuff and try to make plays – kind of like what Boris Diaw did with the San Antonio Spurs last year.”

Diaw was a key part of San Antonio’s second unit as the Spurs captured the NBA title. Now that Arthur has a better feel for his teammates, he hopes to make a similar impact for Denver off the bench.

“I’m just going to keep working,” he said. “As far as bouncing back, that’s what I’m all about. I’m going to bounce back and be better next year.”