The Denver Nuggets made some chatter yesterday then they announced that back up point-guard Nate Robinson and power-foward Darrell Arthur decide to opt in to their deals and stay with the Nuggets. Each player had the option of either staying with the Nuggets or hitting the free agent market. Both players decided to remain with the team, and their decisions are huge for the Nuggets going forward.
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Bringing back Nate Robinson is the biggest move. Last season for Denver, he averaged 10 points per game. When he came off the bench he was electric and always provided the Nuggets with energy. Robinson was a big part of the Nuggets bench last year and was a major part of why they were one of the best in the NBA. Bringing back Nate is a win-win for everyone. The Nuggets will get to enjoy his services for at least one more season, and now Robinson can prove that he is deserving of his first long-term deal.
Darrell Arthur also decided to opt in and remain with the Denver Nuggets. While he was not as great as Robinson off the bench last season, he had somewhat of an impact. He averaged just 5 points per game, but his potential is obvious. In his college days, Arthur was viewed as one of the best prospects, and the Nuggets are still holding out hope that that will one day happen. Like Robinson, he will now have a season where he can show the Nuggets or another team that he is deserving a long term deal. Overall, both of the decisions to opt in were smart by both players, and the Nuggets will now get to reap the benefits in the short term.
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