Report: Denver and Will Barton have “strong momentum” to close a deal – Denver Stiffs
The Denver Nuggets have made no secret of their appreciation of their free agent guard Will Barton, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN that relationship could continue for a while longer. Per @wojespn’s tweet:
There’s strong momentum with the Denver Nuggets and their free agent guard Will Barton to get a deal done quickly after the start of free agency at 12:01 AM, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2018
“Strong momentum” could mean anything, but Denver wanting to finish that quickly would be an interesting look into their free agent thinking. Our own Ryan Blackburn wrote a piece on Denver’s impending free agency steps today, and here is his part on Barton:
Barton is going to test free agency and see where he can get the best contract he can on the best fit possible, whether that be in Denver or with another team. Indiana has been rumored to want Barton. Memphis has ties to the former University of Memphis standout. There will be suitors for Barton, who might be the best wing on the market behind George and Trevor Ariza (LeBron is a point forward).
The best thing the Nuggets can do is set the bar with a solid offer for Barton, something that gives him good money that also protects the team. This would either mean cutting down the number of years on his contract or the annual salary. Denver needs Barton’s skill set next year, but they might not in future years, given the age curve of Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. I’d offer Barton a three year deal worth $36 million with the last year being a team option.
There is no indication of price or years yet, but Barton coming back would be the