It's all going according to plan.

Will Barton wanted a chance, a true chance to play and show he was an NBA-level player. He's gotten that chance with the Nuggets. And he's made the most of it.

And now he's identified the Nuggets organization as a place he'd like to stay beyond this season.

"No doubt," Barton said. "I think we can build something here. We have a lot of good talent, a good organization, coaching staff is good. I can see us building and having a strong future here. We can grow together."

The Nuggets can extend a qualifying offer to the 6-foot-5 swingman after the last game of the NBA Finals at what would be $1.1 million. Barton, who is playing out the last year of his rookie contract, would be a restricted free agent, giving the Nuggets the right to match any offer sheet he signs with another team.

That's heady stuff for Barton, who arrived in Denver from Portland as part of the Arron Afflalo trade last month.

"It's gone exactly how I expected it to be," he said. "I figured I'd play more minutes. I figured we'd start winning more games, start gelling and get a good chemistry, and I think that's what's happening."

Barton, 24, has carved out a role for interim coach Melvin Hunt, who has led the team to a 7-5 record since taking over on March. 3. Barton has averaged 12.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 26.5 minutes per game. And, he's shooting a respectable 44.7 percent in those 17 games.