The sad truth is that Denver doesn’t need Barton anymore. With a $14.7 million player option for next season, his deal will be up soon. The Nuggets are expected to be aggressive in pursuing opportunities to trade for a star, so it’d be surprising to see him finish that deal in Denver, let alone get extended. Maybe he will offer something to a new team. I hope he can. As I found out, moving on can be best for both sides of a relationship.