Nuggets Guard Declines Player Option, Becomes Free Agent


With Jamal Murray likely out for a good chunk of next season recovering from an ACL tear, there was a clear opening at the shooting guard spot for the Denver Nuggets, but Will Barton has decided not to take it, for now at least, by declining his $14.7 million dollar player option and becoming a free agent. 

He is still hoping to negotiate a longer-term contract with the Nuggets, who also seem intent to find a way to keep him. 

Barton averaged 12.7 points per game this season, while shooting a solid 38% from behind the arc. 

The Nuggets would be extremely thin at guard to start the season if Barton signs elsewhere, so Denver will do its best to strike a deal. As pointed out by Bobby Marks of ESPN, although they are over the cap, the Nuggets own Barton's Bird Rights, allowing them to exceed the cap to sign him. 

Barton's final impression in the just concluded season was a good one, with a 25-point performance in the Nuggets' Game 4 loss and elimination at the hands of the Phoenix Suns.

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