Several teams have reportedly expressed interest in Barton, including the Wizards and Pelicans. The Nuggets were offered a first-round pick for him last year, but they declined, according to Dempsey.
Barton would prefer to stay put.
“They know I want to be here. It’s no secret,” he told Dempsey. “I want to be a part of this core that gets it right. I feel like we’re making huge strides. We’re right there, kind of fighting for that eighth seed. I feel like we’ve just gotten our team completely healthy, and I want to be part of that and they know that.”
Part of Barton’s appeal to other teams is his modest contract. He is making approximately $3.5MM this season and the same amount next season. He has been productive since returning from an ankle injury, averaging 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Barton does see a silver lining, according to Dempsey.
“Teams calling trying to check my availability means that I’m doing something right,” Barton said. “My body is still getting better. I feel like my game is getting better.”