Mere minutes had passed after the Nuggets’ crushing overtime loss at Minnesota to knock Denver out of the playoffs on the regular season’s final night. Will Barton sat hunched over a MacBook at his locker, dissecting the floater he missed with the Nuggets trailing by two points and 24.4 seconds remaining.

“I make (that shot) every day,” Barton lamented. “Missed.”

The candid remark revealed the disappointment Barton felt in himself. But it also illustrated the heartbreak he felt for the team he helped steadily build, then streak, to the cusp of a postseason berth.

Barton now gets the opportunity to run it back with the squad that allowed him to blossom into the ultimate swingman, after agreeing to terms of a new four-year, $53 million contract minutes after free agency opened late Saturday. And in rapidly checking off one of their top offseason priorities, the Nuggets made a hefty financial investment to keep the nucleus intact of a team that finished 46-36 last season and was three games behind the No. 3 seed in a tightly packed Western Conference.

On Friday, standout big man Nikola Jokic will sign a five-year, $148 million contract extension, the richest deal in franchise history. Two-way shooting guard Gary Harris’ lucrative extension is about to kick in, paying him $16.5 million in 2018-19. Third-year point guard Jamal Murray, who blossomed into a tenacious scorer last season, is still on his rookie contract. Veteran forward Paul Millsap, who missed most of his first season in Denver with a torn wrist ligament, is still under contract for at least one more season. And first-round draft pick Michael Porter Jr. is a tantalizing prospect if he can fully recover from the serious back injury that forced him to miss the bulk of his only college season at Missouri.

Though Barton is

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