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Rumor Central: Will Barton prefers to stay with Nuggets?

Shooting guard Will Barton signed his contract with the Denver Nuggets in July of 2015 and his three-year deal, paying $3.53 million for the 2017-18 NBA season, is set to expire after this season. Barton is eligible to sign a four-year extension until June 30 and it can pay up to $42 million. Even if they don't agree to an extension by then, Barton still sees himself with a bright future with the Nuggets.

"I came here and Denver gave me a chance to play, so that's always in the back of my mind, wanting to stay here and see how far we can take it," Barton told BSN Denver. "We're getting better year in and year out, so I'd love to be a part of that."

In 2016-17, Barton made 60 appearances and averaged 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Barton also shot 37 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Barton will likely again come off the bench this season as a player head coach Michael Malone can use at several positions.

"If coach needs me to play backup one, two, three whatever, start, come off the bench -- whatever he needs me to do, I’m just trying to embrace my role and do it to the best of my abilities," Barton said.

-- Nick Silva

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