Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Nets, Suns dump salaries in Arthur, Dudley deal

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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.

Phoenix Suns player Jared Dudley handles the ball against the Orlando Magic
Jared Dudley handles the ball against the Orlando Magic (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

“Brooklyn agreed to trade w/ Phoenix to acquire Jared Dudley and 2021 second-round pick for Darrell Arthur, league sources tell ESPN,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said in a tweet. “Arthur ($7.4M) headed for buyout; Dudley ($9.5M) will have that conversation with Nets. Suns save some salary, Nets get a pick protected to No. 35.”

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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.

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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.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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