NBA Rumors: Will Barton declines player option for 2021-22 season but Denver Nuggets confident of a new deal

Will Barton in action for the Denver Nuggets
Will Barton in action for the Denver Nuggets

NBA rumors have started circulating around the Denver Nuggets, a team that has a busy offseason ahead of them. The Nuggets crashed out of the 2021 NBA Playoffs in the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Phoenix Suns. The front office will now look to improve its roster to help the franchise raise the banner next year.

NBA Rumors: Will Barton and Denver Nuggets to work towards a new extension

Denver Nuggets' Will Barton in action against the Charlotte Hornets
Denver Nuggets' Will Barton in action against the Charlotte Hornets

As per trusted NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Denver Nuggets swingman Will Barton has declined his $14.7 million player option for the 2021-2022 season and will become a free agent. However, both sides are positive about agreeing on a new extension and will work out a deal soon.

NBA free agency opens in August, and the Denver Nuggets front office has prioritized re-signing Barton. The versatile wing has spent seven seasons with the Nuggets, making him the longest-tenured player on the roster. Barton has averaged 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in his career, and is one of the more well-rounded role players in the league.

Will Barton had an injury setback in the 2020-21 NBA season, which led to him missing a chunk of the playoffs. He returned to the fold during the Western Conference semi-finals series against the Phoenix Suns, but couldn't save his team from getting knocked out of the postseason.

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Barton came to the Denver Nuggets during the 2014-15 season from the Portland Trail Blazers. He made an instant impact, averaging 11 points and 4 rebounds for the Nuggets in the 28 games he played for them that campaign. Barton's improvement in form was staggering as he increased his scoring average from 3 ppg to 11 ppg.

Will Barton is currently a solid role-player for head coach Mike Malone, who has used him as a swiss army knife during his tenure. Barton has started at shooting guard, small forward and power forward position for Malone, and has done well both as a starting player and when coming off the bench.

Barton made close to $14 million with the Denver Nuggets in the 2020-21 season, and is expected to make much more with the impending extension expected to be signed in August.

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