News: Robinson and Arthur to stay with Nuggets in 2014-15, Saric and Lauvergne to remain overseas

There are a slew of questions surrounding how things will play out for the Nuggets this offseason. And it appears the first of them may have now been answered. Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports has reported on Twitter that Nate Robinson intends to stick around for another season:

Also, agent Aaron Goodwin says Denver PG Nate Robinson – as he stated in March – will indeed exercise the $2.1 mil player option for ’14-15.

This is good news for Denver. Guard depth will be an issue for them to address this offseason, and as Ty Lawson’s backup, Nate-Rob provides solid production, an offensive spark off the bench, and great leadership — all on a very reasonable contract.

[UPDATE] According to the Denver Nuggets, Darrell Arthur has also exercised his player option for the upcoming season. Arthur is slated to earn $3.4 million while Robinson is on the books for $2.1 million, raising the Nuggets’ overall salary to roughly $5 and a half million more than it was just days ago.

[UPDATE No. 2] In other news, Chad Ford of ESPN.com is reporting Dario Saric has signed a three-year deal with Anadolu Efes in Turkey. As part of the deal Saric is prohibited from playing in the NBA for at least two years. The Nuggets have been linked to Saric in the past few days, reportedly promising to draft him if he was still on the board at 11. Though you can’t rule out the possibility of the Nuggets still selecting Saric, this would appear to diminish those odds — at least from a pragmatic standpoint.

[UPDATE No. 3] As if the Nuggets didn’t have enough rumors swirling around them leading up to the draft, according to Sportando.com Joffrey Lauvergne has reached a two-year agreement with Russia’s Khimki Moscow. The Nuggets have reportedly desired to bring Lauvergne to Denver for the upcoming season, however this news would (once again) appear to drastically diminish those odds.

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Joel is a long time Denver Nuggets (and Broncos) fan from Colorado who's been living in Japan since the mid-90s, and blogging about the Nuggets since 2008. You can contact and follow him on Twitter: @denbutsu.
  • Scott

    Am I the only one who likes nate more than Aaron? Brooks was a great injury replacement but with a healthy Ty we need a spark like Nate.

    • Sharkboy242

      I like Nate more too. He’s capable of heating up, I really enjoyed that Golden State game where he was unstoppable in the 4th.

    • Cullen

      I like both of them and would like to keep both, I only prefer Brooks because he has defensive effort and is more of a true point guard back up. He had numerous games where he filled up the stat sheet and really played well.

      I really like Nate but I don’t think he’s a back up point guard, I think he’s more of an off the bench shooting guard. So, having a back up point would be really nice.

  • heykyleinsf

    AWESOME!!!

  • Erlingur Grétar Einarsson

    Good news indeed. Let’s hope this is the start of a series of good news in the coming week.

  • herpderpnuggets

    I was looking forward to seeing Joffrey play for us in the summer league this year, and I think he has a future with the nuggets, but if he wants to stay in Europe then i guess thats his loss

  • Native Nugget

    I have a hard time drafting a player that will not even suit up in a Nuggs uniform for a minimum of two years. Unless he’s a clear all-star potential, why wait that long? It’s not like we’re in a position like the Spurs or the Thunder – teams who have a playoff contender and can afford to wait for added support later in exchange for cap room now to keep all-star talent.
    Also, haven’t hear much about trading the 11th pick for Afflalo and keeping him. Have only heard of it in terms of trading for Love. If the Love deal doesn’t happen, it’s hard for me to see Gary Harris being as strong a contributor as Afflalo is. Happy for someone more familiar with Harris’s talent to convince me otherwise, but I be mighty surprised if Harris ever fills the stats as well as Afflalo does currently. And Afflalo isn’t that old. Why not bring him in at the 2 spot and let Foye come off the bench?