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Report: Grizzlies trade Darrell Arthur to Nuggets for Kosta Koufos

Jun 27, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

Kosta Koufos AP

One of the reasons (and there were several) that the Nuggets cited when parting ways with head coach George Karl was the fact that they were upset that Karl stubbornly started Kosta Koufos over a player who needed development in JaVale McGee.

That won’t be a problem for new coach Brian Shaw, since Denver has reportedly agreed to ship Koufos out of town.

From Ben Hochman of the Denver Post:

Nuggets center Kosta Koufos has been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, two NBA sources confirmed Thursday, in exchange for Darrell Arthur and the 55th pick in Thursday’s draft.

Koufos started all 81 games he appeared in for the Nuggets last season, and averaged 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocked shots in 22.4 minutes per game.

Arthur was solely used as a reserve in Memphis, and averaged 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game last season, and appeared in 59 contests but started in just three.

Koufos is a better all-around player than Arthur, and may even have more room to improve in the future. But this was about a perceived duplication in Denver, and the new regime is choosing long-term player development over maximizing its regular season wins.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies improve their big man depth behind Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, even if only marginally.

  1. dalucks - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Only someone who does not know or watch basketball would think Kosta Koufos is a better player than Darrell Arthur.
    The new ownership in Memphis is continuing their efforts to destroy a good team and turn them into the Bobcats or Hornets or Jordannaires.

  2. sportsnut101 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Bad move for griz

    Arthur. Came up big in playoffs was only 3 point shooter on team everyone else sucked except for lucky bayless threes

    I’m guessing Denver not paying iggy to come back. Denver has nothing but wing type players very strange choices they are making they hired shaw a triangle offensive system to a run n gun style team with no low post presence

    Brian shaw fit better with nets I thought

    • patricklantrip - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      I’m pretty sure you are getting Quincy Pondexter and Arthur confused

    • jfleming0480 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      Have you watched a single Grizzlies game? Arthur does not shoot 3’s ever, didn’t come up big in playoffs at all, and Conley, Pondexter, and Bayless are all 3 point threats. Please don’t comment about the Grizzlies if you know nothing about them.

  3. tjgrizz - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Sportsnuts I believe you are mistaken, Arthur is a career 18.5% 3p shooter and avg less than 4 points a game in the playoffs w/out hitting a single 3. Good move for the Grizz, got a good back up to Gasol, freed up PF minutes for Ed Davis and cleared 200k off the payroll this year and 500k next year.

  4. denverhoopdreams - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I don’t think that Denver loses any win percentage over a loss like Koufus… Dude actually was a big part in losing some of the huge games Denver played in. Not worried. When it comes to talking about 12-20 minute per game guys like these two, they’re just there, faces in the crowd. I do agree that Arthur will help space the floor a little, but really, not by much.

  5. markdamack - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    I’m starting to seriously question if you people in the comments know who Darrell Arthur is.

  6. tjgrizz - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Good trade for both teams. Grizz want more minutes at PF for Ed Davis and Nuggs want Javale McGee to start.

  7. jfleming0480 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    I know Nuggets fans want to believe that Darrell Arthur is some kind of star but as someone who has watched the Grizzlies forever and lives in Memphis, let me tell you, he is just an average player that gets injured a lot and for long periods of time. Sure he can pick and pop but he does not rebound almost at all. And his knees aren’t very good. He’ll give you 10-15 points a night most likely. Maybe less sometimes. Grizzlies got the better end of this deal by far. Got rid of Arthur who did virtually nothing while on the court and that opens up Ed Davis to come in for Zbo. And they got a real backup center (who happened to be a starting center on a really good western playoff team) for Marc Gasol . This is huge for Memphis. Anyone who thinks this is a bad deal for Memphis should stop watching basketball altogether.

  8. nlakaf - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    I can not believe the Denver reasoning “Karl stubbornly started Kosta Koufos over a player who needed development in JaVale McGee” . Koufos is actually on year younger than McGee. The time was even split between them while the effectiveness of McGee was nearly subzero. Denver gave up a solid defender, unselfish, tough, hard working, old school , up coming, true center with good peripheral jump shot, if given the opportunity (see college years). Denver decided to keep a spectacular but over paid with short basic skills center and a very mediocre backup center (Mozgov). All Denver needed for a championship run was a star SF – PF along side or instead of Iguodala

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