With the 2022 NBA offseason underway across much of the league, trade rumors are starting to heat up as the 2022 NBA Finals looms and the NBA draft looms.
In Denver, the Nuggets appear to be in business as they look to get fitter and build a stronger contender around their two-time MVP Nikola Jokic.
According to Matt Moore mobile network, the Nuggets are expected to “play the offseason” by being aggressive in trade talks. While the Nuggets may consider moving one of their standouts not named Nikola Jokic, veteran Will Barton and Monte Harris seem likely to be the first dominoes to fall.
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“Denver is not expected to try to gain a foothold as usual, but is expected to do so in the offseason. Both Will Barton and Monte Morris are believed to be open to trade talks from league sources outside of Denver, while Denver is in the middle of Develop an aggressive plan As Jamal Murray and MPJ return for opening night, they will build a real contender around Nikola Jokic.”
Should the 76ers ask?
Will Barton is a familiar name in Philadelphia, as the veteran guard/forward was once a name that has been associated with the Philadelphia 76ers in the trade market.
As the 76ers’ deadline for the 2020-2021 NBA season looms, Philadelphia president of basketball operations Daryl Morey is rumored to have his sights set on some seasoned veterans including Barton, PJ Tucker , Delon Wright and George Hill.
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We now know that the Sixers placed Hill above all of those players after acquiring the veteran guard in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The experiment didn’t go as planned, as Hill failed to make an impact for the 76ers in the 2021 NBA playoffs.
It’s not a bad idea for the 76ers to roll the dice on anyone else that might come out this offseason. For Barton, he is 31 years old and is about to wrap up his tenth season in the NBA.
Last year, Barton played 71 games for the Nuggets. He averaged 12 attempts per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. Overall, he averaged 14 points and played about 32 minutes per game.
Based on the price tag set by Denver, Barton should be one of the Sixers inquiries this offseason. Not only is there a question mark going into next year’s starting small forward spot because of Danny Green’s injury and Mattis Thybulle’s lack of offensive value, but the Sixers still lack a solid veteran bench.
Whether they think Barton is a starter or a backup, the Sixers should at least give the Nuggets a call to see if the veteran is actually on the floor. If so, what does it take to get him?
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated’s All76ers. You can follow him on Twitter for live updates: @JGrasso_.
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