Will Barton agrees to terms to re-sign with Denver Nuggets – The Denver Post
Will Barton is staying with the Denver Nuggets.
The versatile swingman has agreed to terms on a new four-year, $53 million contract with Denver following a career season with the Nuggets, a league source confirmed to the Denver Post late Saturday.
It was quick work for Barton and the Nuggets, who reached a deal just after free agency opened at 10 p.m. Mountain Time Saturday. Barton cannot officially sign his new contract until July 6. The contract’s fourth year will be a player option, the source confirmed.
Barton acknowledged the news on Twitter late Saturday, posting “Denver we back at (it) let’s get it! To the trenches & the real ones, if I did it so can y’all.”
Barton finished fourth in the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year voting last season, because his roles included coming off the bench, starting at both shooting guard and small forward and even playing backup point guard. The result? Barton put up the best numbers of his career, averaging 15.7 points, five rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor and 37 percent from 3-point distance.
That production made re-signing Barton a priority for Denver, president of basketball operations Tim Connelly repeatedly said during the offseason. And Barton said the morning after Denver’s regular-season finale that he was open to returning to the Nuggets — but also coveted a full-time starting job.
“We’re building something real special here,” Barton after cleaning out his locker at the Pepsi Center in mid-April. “I love playing with (Nikola Jokic) and Jamal (Murray) and Gary (Harris). The guys we have in the locker room, I like being around. The coaching staff has really come a long way with trusting me and me trusting them. Just the whole organization, I feel like we’re