The San Antonio Spurs are in the process of bringing over one of their most touted prospects from overseas.
The deal is reportedly for the league minimum, and it’ll be a good test to see how Bertans fits into their future plans.
Bertans has faced a great deal of adversity throughout his basketball career. He has torn the ACL in his right knee twice, once in 2013 and again in 2014.
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The fact that he has been able to return and continue playing at the level he has is truly remarkable. The Spurs undoubtedly appreciate his resolve, and with numerous free agents likely to leave the team, Bertans is a youthful option that can fill an important role off the bench.
He’s a 6’10’’ power forward who operates as a stretch 4. He’s only 210 LBS, but he does most of his damage with perimeter shooting.
Last season he shot over 47% from downtown for his team Saski Baskonia. The offer that the Spurs are extending towards Bertans probably means that Matt Bonner’s tenure in San Antonio is officially coming to a close.
Bonner is a free agent, and although he’d be a cheap option to bring back, he’s 36 years old. The Spurs feel as though Bertans brings the same skill set that Bonner does, but with more potential attached.
Bertans will turn 24 during next season, and he’ll have every opportunity to cement himself in the Spurs’ vision for the future.
He was originally drafted 42nd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, but was acquired in the same deal that gave the Spurs Kawhi Leonard.
If Bertans ends up being a solid player, the Pacers will be forced to languish from afar, knowing that they gave San Antonio a Finals MVP along with a fantastic stretch 4.