The Pistons are expected to be very active during free agency as they look to add talent at small forward, with the team expected to go after the likes of Danny Green, DeMarre Carroll and Tobias Harris. Now, you can add Darrell Arthur to the list of potential targets, as The Denver Post's Christopher Dempsey reports that the Nuggets are expecting competition from Motown as they try and re-sign the forward.
Arthur, an unrestricted free agent, averaged 6.6 points 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 17 minutes per game for Denver last season (58 games, 4 starts). The 27 year old is a solid perimeter defender, but has had issues with his shot ever since being drafted 27th overall in 2008, he holds career shooting numbers of 44.2% from the field, 27.4% from deep and 76.2% from the charity stripe.
Arthur doesn't fit the criteria of players Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower have been linked to so far, with the 6'9", 225 lbs, forward lacking the shooting touch exhibited by some of their other targets, but does excel on the defensive end of the ball, and could make sense as a second, or third string forward. However, with Quincy Miller's expected emergence as an athletic 3-and-D forward, it could make Arthur's role on the team redundant should he be brought in. Detroit's interest in the Texas native could just be them covering all their free agent bases, as the team tries to get a grasp of what talent the small forward market holds.
In the same piece, Dempsey discusses another potential free agency target that DBB's Mike Payne earlier analyzed-- Will Barton -- and reports that Denver is expected to match any reasonable offer made to the guard, potentially shutting down any interest other teams may have had in the 24 year old.