Report: Wizards, Pelicans show interest in trading for Will Barton
Now that Gary Harris is back on the fold, Barton’s minutes have taken a slight dip as he’s unable to play the small forward position very long because of his slight frame at a slight 6-foot-6 and 175 pounds.
With Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley coming into their own for a few games and standing right behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the last playoff spot, the Nuggets could dangle Barton in order to add a key piece to their rotation.
Barton can help a team in need of a slasher — he’s a good finisher around the rim, athletic with good instincts around the basket. While the jump shot is a work in-progress, it is efficient enough to keep defenders at bay.
His $3.5 million per year contract runs until 2017-18 and can be an outright bargain for any team that can land his services.
The Wizards have a log jam at small forward with two bright prospects in Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre – both athletic forwards that show promise, but yet remain inconsistent. Barton is unlikely to crack a starting spot with Bradley Beal being a lock at shooting guard. His best bet would be one of a sixth man’s role if the Wizards can ship out any of their valuable assets.