Will Barton RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:170 lbs. / 77.1 kg.
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:170 lbs. / 77.1 kg.
Eric Pincus: The Denver Nuggets have made Will Barton a restricted free agent with a $1.2 million qualifying offer @BBallInsiders
The Nuggets are expected to extend a qualifying offer, which if they do will make the 6-foot-6 Barton a restricted free agent. That would give the Nuggets a chance to match any offer he would receive on the open market. The likely resolution is a multi-year contract.
Will Barton wants to return to the Nuggets. The Nuggets want Will Barton to return. The two sides will work together this summer to see if they can make it happen. “I definitely would like to come back,” Barton said. “They gave me a chance. I feel like we’ve got some good guys on this team, and if we keep building we have a strong future.”
Before he went to Memphis and then the NBA, Will Barton was a star player for the then top-ranked Lake Clifton High School basketball team, which he led to a state title in 2009. On Tuesday, in the aftermath of the riots in Baltimore, he invited the community out for a “for conversation and a block party.” According to Barton’s Instagram, McDonald’s would provide the food — he just needed participation and a few paper plates and utensils.
Chris Dempsey: Will Barton, in the final year of his contract, says he’d like to stay with the #Nuggets. “No doubt. I would definitely like to stay here. I think we can build something here. We have a lot of good talent, a good organization, coaching staff is good. I can see us building and having a strong future here. We can grow together.” #Nuggets
Will Barton: Just wanna thank the @trailblazers for taking a chance on me by drafting me and giving me an opportunity to be apart of a great organization. Gonna miss everyone that is apart of the organization, coaches, teammates, & most importantly some of the greatest fans in the world. It was a great run. The memories will last forever. Good bye #RipCity. Sincerely, The People’s Champ! Mad love forever!
David Aldridge: Source confirms Denver had traded Arron Afflalo/Alonzo Gee to Portland for Claver, Barton, Robinson, pick. Yahoo! first.
Joe Freeman: League source confirms @Adrian Wojnarowski report: #Blazers will acquire Arron Afflalo for Barton, Robinson, Claver and future 1st-rd draft pick.
Portland has shown a stronger desire to make a deal with Denver for Wilson Chandler than Arron Afflalo, partly because Chandler is under contract next season. The Blazers have made Will Barton and Thomas Robinson, as well as a future first-rounder, available in talks for wing players, but clearly would be more motivated to sweeten a package for Chandler than Afflalo, league sources said.
But first, it must be understood that to get something, the Blazers must give up something. It’s safe to assume that Olshey will not touch the starting five of Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Lopez. Veterans Steve Blake and Kaman are core players, and Olshey remains highly protective with two of his former lottery picks in CJ McCollum and Meyers Leonard. That leaves the most likely trade bait forward Thomas Robinson, forward Dorrel Wright, center Freeland, forward Victor Claver and wings Will Barton and Allen Crabbe.
Damian Lillard, Miss Oregon 2014 Emma Palett and other Portland Trail Blazers players including CJ McCollum, Dorell Wright, Will Barton and Thomas Robinson were on hand at the Armory Annex building in Portland on Wednesday night to help ring in the new year and party their way into 2015. Lillard said he wanted to put on the event to have some fun on New Year’s in Portland, but also as a benefit for the Brian Grant Foundation. “I’m pretty familiar with Brian Grant,” Lillard said. “I’ve gotten to know him so I wanted to support that. I know with the Trail Blazers being the only show in town pretty much and me being one of the guys on the team I figured I could make people more interested in being a part of it and more money could be donated because of it.”
Portland Trail Blazers guard Will Barton has launched a new personal website called willthethrill.com. Although the Blazers guard has become known in Portland as “The People’s Champ,” he’s been known as “The Thrill” since he started playing basketball as a child. But someone owned the website and Barton had to buy the rights to it, for “about $1200.” Barton says he doesn’t know who owned it, but he doesn’t seem to care much. “I don’t know,” Barton said when he was asked who owned it. “He didn’t need it, I need it. It’s my name.”
The Trail Blazers’ 15-man roster was officially settled Thursday morning, when Will Barton’s 2014-15 contract became fully guaranteed. General manager Neil Olshey had the option of waiving the backup shooting guard this summer to create an open roster spot. But by keeping him on the roster until Thursday, Olshey ensured that his burgeoning talent would remain in Portland for at least one more season.
Portland will be able to extend Barton a qualifying offer of $1.1 million at the conclusion of next season that will make him a restricted free agent. The Trail Blazers will be capable of retaining him by matching any offers competitors throw his way.
The third year of his rookie contract became fully guaranteed on July 25 since the team elected not to waive him by that date, we’re told. This decision comes as no surprise. Barton will earn a little over $900,000 for the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season.
But a handful of Blazers players already are gearing up for next season. Will Barton, Meyers Leonard, CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe returned to Portland on Monday to participate in offseason conditioning and basketball workouts at the Blazers’ practice facility in Tualatin. It was the first in a series of workouts that will stretch off and on through June.
Six players on the NBA roster — McCollum, Crabbe, Barton, Leonard, Freeland and Thomas Robinson — are expected to play in Las Vegas this summer. It’s likely Robinson and Freeland will take part in the volunteer workouts at some point this month.