OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 03: Forward Darrell Arthur #00 and Sam Young #4 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts after a technical fou against of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2011 at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SCOOP:Grizzlies will sign Darrell Arthur to 2 yr deal (w/ 3rd yr option) - deal worth $9-10 mil total— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) July 9, 2012
A healthy Arthur probably could have made north of the MLE this summer, dot-dot-dot, if he was healthy. However, having missed all of last season with a torn
ACL Achilles, the deal now comes at what seems to be a bargain, yet it also comes attached with plenty of risk.
Again, it's not a matter of questioning his talent, but it's a matter of whether or not he's healthy enough and whether the one-year absence might cause any setbacks in his development. Still, I think it's well worth the risk.
Now, the Grizzlies have Arthur and Marreese Speights locked up, which now gives the Grizzlies some really good size off the bench, especially when you factor in Dante Cunningham. It's hard not to like this move.
Next up: we still need a SHOOTER!! Yeah, if you guys could get on that, that'd be great. Thanks.