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Sources: Will Barton won't OK Nuggets extension

Sources: Will Barton won't OK Nuggets extension
Published On: Sun, Apr 30
Mar 17, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton (5) reacts to a referee against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets swingman Will Barton will not agree to a contract extension this offseason and will test unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2018, league sources tell ESPN.

Sources say the Nuggets anticipated Barton's decision, made in an attempt to maximize his earning potential during the prime of his career.

Barton, 26, is one of the league's premier sixth men. He will be entering the final year of his three-year, $11 million contract in the 2017-18 season. His $3.5 million annual salary can be seen as a sizable bargain given his production. In Barton's first two full seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged 14.4 points and 13.7 respectively and shot a career-high 37 percent from 3-point range in 2016-17.

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