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Nuggets guard Will Barton still a couple weeks away

Will Barton, Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets need to wait for at least a couple more weeks before Will Barton returns to the lineup.

Will Barton has been sidelined since Oct. 20 after undergoing surgery to repair his core and hip muscle injuries. He has only played two games this season for the Nuggets.

According to Nuggets coach Michael Malone, the 28-year-old swingman is making strides in his recovery. However, while Barton is viewed as day-to-day, Malone acknowledged that the Baltimore native still needs a few weeks before playing again.

The Nuggets re-signed Barton over the summer with a four-year, $54 million deal. He was a priority for Denver during free agency, and the team made sure they have him in the long run.

Oft-described as a fearless competitor who can score in volume and hold his own on the other end of the floor, Barton enjoyed a career year with the Nuggets in the 2017-18 season.

The former Portland Trail Blazers swingman averaged a career-best 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 block per game for the Nuggets last year. He also shot well, making 57.1 percent of his shots overall and 55.6 percent of his attempts from deep.

In the two games he played this year, Barton was terrific as well. He bagged 19 points, five rebounds and a couple of assists and blocks in their opening win over the LA Clippers. He followed that up with a 14-point, five-rebound, four-assist performance against the Phoenix Suns.