Plan B free agent option for Dallas Mavericks: 8. Will Barton
Barton declined his $14.88 million player option for next season to become an unrestricted free agent. The 30-year-old will be looking for a long-term deal. The demand for 6’6 wings with length and versatility has never been greater, so it was wise for him to test his value on the open market.
Barton is coming off a down season where he missed time with a hamstring injury in the playoffs. He averaged 12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 0.9 steals in 31.0 minutes per game. Barton is an above-average shooter that connected on 38.1 percent from 3-point range last season. The 6’6 wing would give the Mavericks the secondary creator and shot-maker they desire.
Barton’s defense is hit and miss. He is often placed on secondary or tertiary scorers and had issues with his intensity level last season. The Mavericks ranked 21st in defensive rating and adding another questionable defender could be disastrous.
Will Barton would be an adequate Tim Hardaway Jr. replacement. The former Nuggets’ wing shot 39.1 percent on catch and shoot threes last season. Barton would be a ball-handling and playmaking upgrade over THJ, but the Dallas Mavericks would lose some needed scoring punch on the wing if forced to make the swap.
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