By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This summer, the Brooklyn Nets have taken on two expiring contracts in a trade with the Denver Nuggets. They acquired Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur in a salary dump.
The Nets used the Arthur contract and swapped him to the Phoenix Suns on Friday. In exchange, the Suns are shipping Jared Dudley’s expiring contract and a 2021 second-round pick to the Nets.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Arthur will now be bought out by the Nets. Dudley could also be bought out by the Suns.
The deal includes a draft pick that is protected to No. 35. High second round draft picks — No. 31 to No. 35 — typically have the most value.
The Suns will have nearly $4.5 million to spend in cap space. But at this time, it does not appear like they will use that space on any players, as they like building around their young core.
Phoenix — who is projected to miss the playoffs again next season — has not done much on the open market. They signed Trevor Ariza to a one-year, $15 million deal besides the addition of No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton.
Arthur will be bought out because the Nets are already over the salary cap threshold. They’ll only getting the difference in the two player’s salaries (around $2.3 million), while paying for the draft pick.
The 30-year-old Arthur spent the past five seasons with the Nuggets. He also spent four seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies and missed the 2011-12 season due to a Torn Achilles injury.
This past season, Arthur appeared in 19 games, including one start. He averaged 2.8 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks.
Dudley, 33, will be looking to join his sixth NBA team as he will likely be bought out, too. He previously played for the Suns, along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards, and the Milwaukee Bucks.
This past season, he appeared in 48 games. He averaged 3.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game.