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Will Barton agrees to 4-year, $54 million deal with Nuggets

Free-agent swingman Will Barton is slated to agree to a four-year, $54 million deal to remain with the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

The savvy spark plug has been one of the main questions surrounding the Nuggets after falling a win short of making the postseason.

Barton had undoubtedly the best year of his career, finally showing the consistency he’s lacked over the course of his young time in the league.

The 6-foot-6 forward posted a career-high 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, shooting a strong 45.2 percent from the field, 37 percent from deep, and 80.5 percent from the foul line.

Barton had wanted a promise to become a starter before deciding on a team after making 40 appearances as a starter in 81 games in 2017-18.

If the Nuggets agreed to his prior request, it’s likely he will now be the staple at small forward with pieces in place in the backcourt with point guard Jamal Murray and shooting guard Gary Harris.

Barton was bound to be one of the hottest commodities in the free agent market, and Denver locking him up makes complete sense, as Will The Thrill fits nicely in coach Mike Malone’s offensive system, as he has developed a sense of comfort playing alongside the starters and the bench unit.

The Nuggets also made Nikola Jokic a restricted free agent recently, which will allow them to pay Barton, but they will be a tax-paying team next season, as all these contracts come to a head.