Nuggets’ executive gives update on Will Barton status ahead of the Lakers-Nuggets series

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Will Barton has been an important part of the Denver Nuggets success the last few years and Mike Malone would be grateful to have him available for the Nuggets-Lakers series.

But, that will not be the case ahead of the WC Finals that start on Friday, according to president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.

“We’re not here without Will,” Connelly said, per Mike Singer of Denver Post. “He’s such a huge part of our team. He’s working his tail off to try to get right. We thought the resources that were available outside the bubble would be better suited to get him there. There’s no timetable, but even though he’s not here physically, he’s certainly here in spirit.”

Nuggets’ wing left the “bubble” nearly a month ago in search of a second opinion due to a knee issue.