Less than a year after signing a three-year contract with the Nuggets, Will Barton has made a change to his representation. Agent Travis King of Relatively Sports tells HoopsHype (Twitter link) that he now represents Barton, who had been repped by Brian Elfus of Impact Sports Basketball, per our agency database.
Barton remains under contract for two more seasons after enjoying a career year in 2015/16. The 25-year-old played a career-high 28.7 minutes per game in his first full season in Denver, and was a key piece off the bench for the Nuggets, averaging 14.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 0.9 steals while appearing in all 82 games.
If he had inked a shorter-term deal last July, Barton would potentially be in position to cash in this summer, but his three-year pact ensures that he’s under team control through 2017/18, at a modest rate of about $3.53MM per season. I’m speculating, but it’s possible Barton isn’t thrilled with his contract situation, motivating his decision to make an agent change.
There’s little that King can do about Barton’s contract for now, but if Relativity’s new client continues to play at this level for the next two seasons, he’ll be in a good position to land a much larger deal in the summer of 2018. Unless Barton makes another change to his representation before then, King figures to negotiate that next contract.