The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported today that Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton has entered the NBA’s Health and Safety protocols, putting his status in this week’s games up for question.
Nuggets‘ Will Barton has entered health and safety protocols, sources said. Denver plans to sign DeMarcus Cousins to a 10-day using a separate hardship exemption. https://t.co/m8nHeF8p9t— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 10, 2022
Barton, a member of the Portland Trail Blazers from 2012-15, could see an extended absence as the Nuggets prepare for four games over the next six days.
Prior to the announcement, Barton was in the middle of, statistically, another remarkable season. He had tied career-highs in points per game (15.1), started in all 34 of his appearances, and averaged 4.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists on 42-36-81 percentage splits.
The Denver Nuggets are preparing to utilize the NBA’s 10-day hardship exception, onboarding both veteran forward James Ennis and four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins. Ennis, according to Charania, will be expected to be available for Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Nuggets and Blazers prepare to play one another in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference First Round series on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7:00 PT.