HoopsHype Will Barton rumors

April 17, 2014 Updates

It’s hard to make sense of it considering four players I spoke with — LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum — all say they want Stotts back. It’s hard to fathom there’s danger for the guy who has coached the league’s best offense, and has guided the marked development of Joel Freeland, Will Barton, and Lillard while igniting career-best seasons from Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Batum and Matthews. Yet, from all appearances, Stotts is dangling in the wind. Oregonian

April 12, 2014 Updates

Barton says he tries not to worry about his contract situation with the team on a mission to finish out the season strong before the playoffs, but admits he does ponder it more than he should. “I try not to think about it as much but I do sometimes,” he said. “You just never know what people are thinking. Hopefully I make it past the deadline. I would love to stay here and be here. But, you just never know. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. Portland took a chance on me. It would be huge if I can stay in Portland. But like I said, it’s a business and I’m aware of that. You just never know.” CSNNW.com

His third year becomes fully guaranteed if the team doesn’t request waivers on him on or before July 31. If he is kept past that deadline, the third year of $915,243 is guaranteed. General Manager Neil Olshey will likely take all the time he has at his disposal before making a decision in order to fully assess Barton's growth and development. Barton says he tries not to worry about his contract situation with the team on a mission to finish out the season strong before the playoffs, but admits he does ponder it more than he should. “I try not to think about it as much but I do sometimes,” he said. “You just never know what people are thinking. Hopefully I make it past the deadline. I would love to stay here and be here. But, you just never know. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. “Portland took a chance on me. It would be huge if I can stay in Portland. But like I said, it’s a business and I’m aware of that. You just never know.” CSNNW.com

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The team assigned Nolan Smith and Will Barton to the Idaho Stampede, Portland's NBA Development League affiliate, for the Stampede's games in the NBA D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev. The Stampede will play Texas at 12:45 p.m. Monday and Canton at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Reno Events Center as part of the D-League Showcase, a four-day gathering of all 16 D-League teams. Both games will be televised live on the D-League's YouTube channel. Smith, in his second season, will make his first foray into the D-League. He is averaging 2.5 points and 1.2 assists in 8.2 minutes this season and has not had been able to get regular rotation minutes since early in the season. Oregonian

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Jason Quick: Blazers GM Neil Olshey says Barton and Claver headed to D-League for two games. Both will be back in Portland for Sunday practice. Twitter @jwquick

December 2, 2012 Updates

The bench, which entered the game averaging an NBA-low 12.8 points per game, collectively played 76 minutes and scored 29 points as Joel Freeland (eight points, two rebounds, one block), Will Barton (seven points, 3 of 5 shooting) and Nolan Smith (six points, 3 of 6 shooting) excelled. “We heard it,” Smith said of outside criticism about the bench’s play. “But I think as a group ... we try and just focus on what we’re doing in house; just keeping each other’s confidence up and continue to be supportive of one another. It kept us all just ready for this moment.” Oregonian

November 29, 2012 Updates

In the not-too-distant future, young players such as Victor Claver, Joel Freeland, Will Barton and Nolan Smith might be sent down to the NBA Development League for a little playing time and seasoning. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said he intends to use Idaho this season as a tool to foster growth with his young players and he has created a tentative plan to send guys east across the Oregon border. Oregonian

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Will Barton: It's official I'm team Under Armour. Just signed let go. I will protect this house!!! http://instagr.am/p/NzhcSezaDw/ Twitter

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