Darrell Arthur, the oft-injured player from Kansas, is rumored to have accepted an offer from the Memphis Grizzlies to remain with the team.
Arthur has played his entire career with the Grizzlies who acquired him in a draft night trade with the Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets involving Nicholas Batum (from Houston to Portland) and Donte Green (from Memphis to Houston). This signing, following Mo Speight’s tweet that he was remaining in Memphis as well, seems to be fill the Grizzlies front court for the next 2-3 years with quality big men. The back court is still a work in progress.
Darrell Arthur has had an up and down career with the Grizzlies. His rookie season he was the starting power forward on the 24 win team and was widely considered a bust after failing to match up against Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowiztki, Luis Scola and David West in the Southwest division alone. Arthur appeared to be too slim to bang inside with the bigger PFs in the league and his outside shot was too unreliable as well.
His sophomore season was nearly completely lost thanks to a torn shoulder labrum muscle. Arthur did return to play in 32 games but the spring in his step was missing and Arthur clearly displayed his lack of in game conditioning down the stretch.
Arthur enjoyed his best year in the NBA in his 3rd season when, fully healthy and with a 3rd summer league under his belt, Arthur proved capable of handling the back up center and PF roles. His defensive intensity and developing outside shot made Arthur a threat on both ends of the court. Arthur appeared in 80 games that season averaging 9.1 ppg on 49.7% FG shooting and 4.3 rpg in only 20.1 mpg.
Last season was the second year that Arthur lost to injury. This time he missed the entire 66 game schedule and the playoffs recovering from a training camp torn Achilles tendon.