Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: Denver Nuggets G/F Will Barton has declined his $14.7M player option for the 2021-2022 season and will become a free agent. There’s a strong interest between the organization and Barton to negotiate a new deal once free agency opens in August.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Longest tenured Nugget with 7 seasons, Barton’s a top priority for Tim Connelly to keep long-term. He started 52 games and averaged 12.7 PPG. He lost several weeks with hamstring injury into start of playoffs, but finished with 25-point performance vs. Suns in elimination game.
James Ham: Kings note: Justin James’ contract for next season was set to become guaranteed if not waived by July 15. Due to covid situation, that date is now Aug. 15 to correspond with the new official NBA season start date for this year of Aug. 1.
Keith Smith: Per a league source, here are the updated expiration dates for the Traded Player Exceptions the Boston Celtics created in the last year: G. Hayward – $11.0M – 8/16/21 K. Walker – $6.9M – 5/17/22 D. Theis – $5.0M – 2/11/22 E. Kanter – $4.7M – 8/2/21