Denver Nuggets’ swingman Will Barton declined his option and he will become an unrestricted free agent, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Barton signed a four-year, $53 million contract prior to the 2018-19 season. He averaged 12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 56 games last season, shooting a career-best 38.1 percent from deep.
The past season, Barton missed six weeks of action with a hamstring injury. He returned during the Western Conference semifinals, where the Nuggets were ousted by the Phoenix Suns.
The 30-year-old forward/guard is a top priority for Denver this offseason, according to Woj. Barton has career averages of 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 552 games over nine NBA seasons with the Blazers and Nuggets.