By DJ SIDDIQI (247SPORTS) – Will Barton is returning to the Denver Nuggets after all.
According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, there will be a player option in Year 4, giving Barton and the Nuggets some flexibility:
The 6-foot-6 swingman was initially acquired from the Blazers via trade midway through the 2014-15 season. With the Nuggets likely to retain their main core consisting of Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, Barton is one of the building blocks of the fringe playoff contender. Denver finished with a 40-42 record in 2016-17 and finished with a 46-36 record in 2017-18, losing the regular season finale versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. Had the Nuggets won the season finale versus Minnesota, they would have clinched a playoff berth, something they haven’t done since the 2012-13 season, when they had clinched their 10th consecutive playoff berth.
Barton holds career averages of 10.4 points, 3.9 boards and 2.3 assists per game on 43.4 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from beyond the arc in 395 appearances and 65 career stars in six years in the league.