HoopsHype Will Barton rumors

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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

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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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