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MAR 4, 10:41p ET | AP
Rotowire: Jun 23 / 1:30p ET
News: Barton was tendered a qualifying offer by the Nuggets on Tuesday, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports.
Impact: The offer designated Barton as a restricted free agent this offseason, providing the Nuggets the right to match any offer he may receive from another team. The former Memphis standout has shown flashes of his ability to play in transition and defend at a high level, but he's not likely to garner an overly lucrative offer, making it likely that he remains in Denver next season.
Rotowire: May 6 / 3:25p ET
News: Barton said Wednesday that he hopes to return to Denver next season, the Denver Post reports. "I definitely would like to come back," Barton said. "They gave me a chance. I feel like we've got some good guys on this team, and if we keep building we have a strong future."
Impact: Barton, who came to Denver in the Arron Afflalo deal, averaged 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals for the Nuggets over the final two months of the season after playing sparingly in Portland. The Memphis product is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, and the Nuggets are expected to tender a qualifying offer. Doing so would afford the team the opportunity to to match any offer Barton might receive from another team. Of course, the offseason is still in its infantile stages, but at this point it appears as though Denver and Barton are headed toward a multi-year agreement.