Will Barton, Denver Nuggets

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Age (as of July 1): 27

Free-Agent Status: Unrestricted

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks, 45.2 percent shooting cheap nfl authentic jerseys

Advanced Stats: 16.2 player efficiency rating (PER), 54.11 total points added (TPA), 0.70 real plus-minus (RPM)

Will Barton will not guarantee his return to the Denver Nuggets. Their backcourt is set for the future, with Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, and he fancies himself a starter.

“If I would be able to know I would be a starter coming into next season, that would push me in the offseason,” Barton said, per the Denver Post’s Gina Mizell. “It’s something that I’ve never been before or done before. That’s what makes me who I am and what makes me better every year. That will definitely be a goal of mine.”cheap authentic nfl jerseys

Starting Barton at small forward is a possibility. Wilson Chandler (player option) could be a free agent as well, and the Nuggets outscored opponents by 32.7 points per 100 possessions in the 65 minutes Barton played beside Harris, Murray, Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap.

That sample is…nothing. Indefinitely inserting Barton into the starting five also compromises the bench. The Nuggets don’t have another shape-shifting playmaker who can keep the offense afloat when one or both of Jokic and Murray are on the sidelines. Barton started 40 games this season mostly out of need,cheap authentic nfl jerseys  when Harris or Millsap was battling injury.

Losing him for nothing would be worse than reconciling the rotation’s politics. And even those could work themselves out, to some extent, if Chandler hits free agency. But cost will be an issue. Barton turned down a four-year extension worth roughly $40 million last summer and is in line to command more now.cheap authentic nfl jerseys

Can the Nuggets afford to pay him market value with Harris’ four-year, $84 million extension set to kick in and Jokic (team option) potentially about to receive a max deal? Would Chandler’s decision to opt in deter them from paying him? Will they have to pay an up-charge to keep using Barton as a sixth man and spot starter?

Denver needs wings no matter what. Barton is more necessity than luxury—especially given the time he soaks up at point guard. cheap nfl jerseys china But paying him, Chandler and Jokic without shedding salary elsewhere puts the luxury tax in play. The Nuggets would be hard-pressed to rationalize that bottom line after missing the playoffs—unless they read all the way into the three-game gap that separated them from the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers.

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