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Nuggets keep Barton; give Jeff Green 2-year deal


Free-agent guard Will Barton has agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal to stay with the Denver Nuggets, his agents, Rich Beda and Drew Morrison of CAA, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Nuggets also agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with 13-year veteran Jeff Green, his agent Jason Glushon told ESPN’s Malika Andrews. The agreement includes a player option in the second year of Green’s contract.

Re-signing Barton, whose seven seasons in Denver make him the longest-tenured Nugget, was considered a top priority for president of basketball operations Tim Connelly. Barton, 30, declined his $14.7 million player option for next season, making him a free agent.

The veteran wing suffered a hamstring injury and missed more than six weeks at the end of the regular season and into the playoffs before returning for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game during the regular season.

Denver’s two-year commitment to Green, 34, comes on the heels of a string of one-year, veterans minimum contracts for Green with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets.

As a key role player for the Nets last season, Green averaged 11 points and shot just over 41% from 3-point range.

Green brings a plethora of playoff experience to Denver. He has played in 78 postseason games — including last season in Brooklyn, when he put up 27 points in a Game 5 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Green has averaged 12.8 points and 4.4 rebounds for his career. He played alongside Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon in Orlando during the 2016-17 season.

Green’s deal includes $4.5 million in salary and $500,000 in unlikely performance bonuses.

ESPN’s Malika Andrews contributed to this report.

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