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Sources: Will Barton declines player option for upcoming season

Barton and the Denver Nuggets can still reach a deal in free agency, which begins in August.

DENVER — Denver Nuggets guard/forward Will Barton has declined his player option for the upcoming 2021-22 season, according to multiple sources.

Both ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of The Athletic tweeted the news Saturday afternoon.

Barton's player option was for $14.7 million. Although he has opted to decline, both side remain optimistic to reach a deal once free agency begins in August.

Barton played in 56 games for the Nuggets this past season (2020-21), starting all but four of them. He averaged 12.7 points, 4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He turned 30 this January.

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