|2008 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 14th overall by Golden State.|
|14th July, 2008||NBA||Signed four year, $8,423,791 rookie scale contract with Golden State. Included team options for 2010/11 and 2011/12.|
|14th October, 2009||NBA||Golden State exercised 2010/11 team option.|
|9th July, 2010||NBA||Traded by Golden State, along with Kelenna Azubuike, Ronny Turiaf, a 2012 second round pick (#38, Quincy Miller) and a 2013 second round pick (#51, Romero Osby) to New York in exchange for a signed-and-traded David Lee|
|24th October, 2010||NBA||New York exercised 2011/12 team option.|
|22nd February, 2011||NBA||As a part of a three team deal, traded by New York to Minnesota, along with Eddy Curry and cash, and along with Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a 2012 second round pick (#38, Quincy Miller), a 2013 second round pick (#51, Romero Osby), a 2014 first round pick (#12, Dario Saric), the right to swap 2016 first round picks (exercised; Denver moved from #9 and Jakob Poeltl to #7 and Jamal Murray) and cash all to Denver, in exchange for Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams from Denver and Corey Brewer from Minnesota.|
|20th July, 2012||NBA||Signed a three year, $5.25 million contract with Denver.|
|2014 NBA Draft||NBA||Traded by Denver, along with the draft rights to Doug McDermott (#11) to Chicago in exchange for the draft rights to Gary Harris (#19), the draft rights to Jusuf Nurkic (#16) and a 2015 second round pick (#53, Sir'Dominic Pointer).|
|14th July, 2014||NBA||Traded by Chicago, along with a 2015 second round pick (#51, Tyler Harvey), a 2016 second round pick (#47, Jake Layman) and cash to Orlando in exchange for the draft rights to Milovan Rakovic (#60, 2007).|
|15th July, 2014||NBA||Waived by Orlando.|
|18th August, 2014||Russia||Signed a one year contract with Lokomotiv Kuban.|
|12th July, 2015||Russia||Signed another one year contract with Lokomotiv Kuban.|
|15th July, 2016||Spain||Signed a one year contract with Real Madrid.|
|22nd June, 2017||Spain||Signed a one year extension with Real Madrid.|
|2007 - 2008||LSU (NCAA)|
|June 2008 - July 2010||Golden State Warriors (NBA)|
|July 2010 - February 2011||New York Knicks (NBA)|
|February 2011 - June 2012||Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)|
|July 2012 - June 2014||Denver Nuggets (NBA)|
|June 2014 - July 2014||Chicago Bulls (NBA)|
|July 2014||Orlando Magic (NBA)|
|August 2014 - June 2016||Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia)|
|July 2016 - present||Real Madrid (Spain)|
November 13, 2013
You can sign a player of Arthur's calibre much more easily than one of Koufos'. This is a market in which, for example, Tyler Hansbrough signed for one guaranteed year at a shade over $3 million, a highly comparable player on a highly comparable contract available without needing to lose a starting center. Indeed, Denver knows the power forward market well after having themselves made a splash in it this summer - despite trading for Arthur, they subsequently threw three years and $16.15 million at J.J. Hickson. If they needed a power forward, free agency could have addressed it. Alternatively, the Nuggets could have not looked outside at all, and instead relied upon the enigmatic but hugely talented Anthony Randolph to fill the small backup power forward hole - unreliable as he may be, Randolph needs the opportunity to succeed, or he never will.
The point here is that, even if starter Kenneth Faried does indeed go on to be traded, Koufos did not need to be. In light of the stress fracture McGee has just suffered that rules him out indefinitely, the once great center depth is now a position of weakness for the Nuggets, with Mozgov being the only healthy player at the position. Hickson might go some way to fill this void, but Koufos definitely would, yet he was moved for a player whose role could have and should have been filled by the player they subsequently signed or the player they already had. As third choice power forward, Arthur ranks 12th on the team in minutes per game - when a fringe starting center under the age of 25 tied down to a tiny $3 million contract is traded, it is imperative that he returns much more than that.
February 26, 2011
Sacramento's main cap space rival was Minnesota, who used almost all of theirs in the Melo trade. Their role in that deal saw them change from the mediocre production and limited upside of the struggling Corey Brewer, to the substantial upside yet volatile production of Anthony Randolph. Their cost for making this perceived upgrade in prospects was taking on what's left of Curry's salary, and more importantly, taking on his cap hit. Before the deal, Minnesota had $12,366,964 in cap room, but after shedding Brewer's $3,703,472 and Koufos's $1,298,640, while adding Randolph's $1,965,720 and Curry's post-trade kicker $11,530,592, that number quickly dropped to only $3,873,394.
One of the only two teams with significant remaining cap room - eight figures worth of it - just spent it all on Anthony Randolph. The other didn't use it all. We'll see if it was worth it.
August 12, 2010
1) Arn Tellem has signed players to rookie contracts that start at 100% and use incentives to get to 120% in previous years; he did this only last season with Gerald Henderson, and in 2008 with both Danilo Gallinari and Anthony Randolph. He knows the rules and has played by them before.