June 30, 2018, 7:07 pmWill BartonG/F, Denver Nuggets
There is 'strong momentum' for the Nuggets and unrestricted free agent Will Barton to get a deal done quickly at the start of free agency — at 12:01 a.m. according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
This is a highly specific and reliable report probably designed to scare off other teams if it's Denver leaking it. It's also probably a concession to Michael Malone after the team saw Michael Porter Jr. slide to them in the draft. Malone has been in the crosshairs of several local media and has not made the playoffs in a tough Western Conference. Despite being on the hot seat he still has locker room support and the team has shown growth during his time there. Having a possible redshirt player in Porter isn't exactly management supporting their coach in a win now scenario, so retaining Barton would balance the scales a bit.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter