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NBA Free Agency Update: Northwest Division- July 4th

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Dec 13, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) drives to the basket during the fourth quarter as Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) defends at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Nuggets 108-96. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency  Update – Northwest Division

While the Southwest Division and Pacific Divisions had an extremely active 24 hours in NBA Free Agency, conversely the Northwest Division was relatively quiet. Perhaps because this division houses two young teams (Minnesota and Utah) with solid youthful cores who’ve been built up through the past few drafts. Two of the veteran squads (Denver and OKC) have few free agents having signed their players to longer term contracts and only one active franchise who are preparing for the possibly departure of their franchise star. So, other than Portland, the other four teams have had less action cumulatively than the Blazers.

Restricted: G: Will Barton, F: Ian Clark 

Unrestricted:   G: Jameer Nelson, F: Darrell Arthur

While Will Barton hasn’t had any bites, perhaps he’s trying to send Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri a message:

Gonna be in Toronto for a while I need a gym to get up shots. Who in Canada gonna help me out?? The grind don't stop. Get at me followers

— Will Barton (@WillTheThrillB5) July 3, 2015

Then again the Denver Post says Will Barton and Jameer Nelson are the teams priority free agents.

#Nuggets initial free agent focus is retaining these two players

— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) July 1, 2015

Nelson opted out of his contract and the much traveled point guard who has a reputation of being a complete professional may be looking for an out from the team who famously were caught planning their vacations prior to season end… on the court no less!

He might get his wish as there are a couple of teams who’ll need a veteran point guard they can trust to either teach younger point guards or provide bench depth. While it seems unlikely Dallas would want him back the fact remains he didn’t leave on bad terms.

Darrell Arthur is also in talks with the team to lock him in:

#Nuggets in productive contract talks with UFA Darrell Arthur

— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) July 2, 2015

The reality is with most of their roster locked in due to long term deals the player on most people’s minds is Ty Lawson who wants out of Denver and the team is mutually in agreement. With Dallas needing a point guard and other teams looking to upgrade their starting point guard (possibly Houston) the real action may be coming in the form of a trade.

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