It looks like Portland Trail Blazers’ guard Will Barton has finally gotten comfortable in his role this season.
After the former Memphis Tigers’ standout was selected with the 40th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft, he played in 73 games and averaged 12.2 minutes per game.
This season, he has been limited to 40 games, but has been playing more and more lately and is finally seeing meaningful time.
Barton has an unguaranteed contract for next season and the Blazers have until July 31 to decide whether or not to guarantee that deal.
Barton, who is preparing for the playoffs, is trying not to think about it.
“I try not to think about it as much but I do sometimes,” Barton told Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet Northwest. “You just never know what people are thinking. Hopefully I make it past the deadline. I would love to stay here and be here. But, you just never know. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing.
“Portland took a chance on me. It would be huge if I can stay in Portland. But like I said, it’s a business and I’m aware of that. You just never know.”
Barton is averaging 3.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game.