Will Barton declines $14.7M player option
Will Barton didn't pick up his player option, but both he and the Nuggets remain interested in working out a new deal. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets' Will Barton declines $14.7 million player option

Denver Nuggets wing Will Barton has declined his $14.7 million player option for the 2021-22 season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

However, there is strong interest between the Nuggets and Barton to negotiate a new deal once free agency begins next month, Wojnarowski adds. 

Re-signing Barton is a priority for Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly. The 30-year-old is the longest-tenured Nugget with seven seasons in Denver. 

Barton averaged 12.7 points, four rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season while shooting 42.6% from the field and 38.1% from deep. He suffered a hamstring injury and missed more than six weeks at the end of the regular season and into the playoffs.

The Baltimore native returned for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Suns before the Nuggets were eventually swept in that series. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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