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Will Barton says being starter will be part of his free agency decision

Will Barton

Following a heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves last night, Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton has set his eyes on the impending free agency, only a few months away from July 1, when he will be free to sign with the team of his choice.

The Nuggets sixth man expressed his desire to be with the team, despite falling short of the postseason for a second straight year.

“Of course I’d like to be here,” said Barton, who said he loved playing with other young teammates like Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, and Nikola Jokic, according to T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports. “I’m real big on finishing what I started.”

Yet Barton said that a starting job was within the crosshairs, noting that would factor into his decision-making over the offseason.

The Memphis product had his best season to date, improving all around with averages of 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and a steal per game. Barton kept a career-high of 37 percent from deep, first established last season, taking and making more than in 2016-17, while knocking down his free throws at an 81 percent clip.

Barton came up clutch, delivering perhaps the most important factor of his free agency — consistency — shooting a career-high 45 percent from the field over 81 games, which will get plenty of GMs on the phone inquiring about his services.