Clippers, Darrell Arthur Share Mutual Interest

The Clippers and Darrell Arthur share interest in the idea of a deal, but the team has yet to make an offer to the Jerry Hicks client, reports Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter link). The power forward has nonetheless been drawing the eye of the Clips for a while, as Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reported the club’s interest last month.

Arthur and the Nuggets have had productive talks about a return, but the Pistons and Wizards like him, too, as Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post reported last week. The Nuggets have Arthur’s Bird rights, so they can far outbid the Clippers, who have only the minimum salary to offer. The Pistons could float him the $2.814MM room exception, while the Wizards have only about $1.464MM left on their mid-level after using most of it on Alan Anderson, and that’s not much more than the minimum.

The 27-year-old put up numbers this season largely in line with his career averages, and as usual, he played a bench role, averaging 17.0 minutes per game. Still, he’s been a fixture in the rotation for the Grizzlies and Nuggets since becoming the 27th overall pick in 2008.

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