San Antonio Spurs: Davis Bertans receives qualifying offer
By Rob Wolkenbrod
The San Antonio Spurs reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Davis Bertans, who will become a restricted free agent this summer.
As part of the San Antonio Spurs’ offseason, they have seven free agents, three of which will receive restricted status: Bryn Forbes, Davis Bertans and Kyle Anderson. The trio reached the end of their first NBA contracts, respectively, with the end of the 2017-18 season.
In restricted free agency, other organizations can sign players to offer sheets, but the team that extends the qualifying offer can match anything. This happened with Omer Asik, Landry Fields and Jeremy Lin in previous offseasons.
On Wednesday, according to Tom Orsborn of MySanAntonio.com, the Spurs made a qualifying offer to Bertans. It’s worth $1.6 million for one year.
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Bertans joined the Spurs in 2016, five years after they traded for his draft rights in 2011. This deal sent George Hill to the Indiana Pacers and also brought Kawhi Leonard to the Alamo City.
Since then, Bertans has acted as a stretch four, mostly off the bench. He accumulated averages of 5.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 38.4 percent from 3-point range.
During the 2017-18 season, Gregg Popovich made Bertans a starter, replacing Pau Gasol, but this only lasted 10 games. This happened in the midst of San Antonio’s second-half struggles, which included multiple lineup changes and the removal of Tony Parker as the starting point guard.
$1.6 million would not make a significant dent in the team’s salary situation. compared to the potential contract Kyle Anderson can get. Parker still needs a new deal, too. Rudy Gay could even return, after declining his $8.8 million for the 2018-19 campaign.
Bertans can receive offers from other teams, however. If that happens, the potential offers will be interesting to follow. Though, San Antonio owns the option of rescinding the qualifying offer and signing him to a four-year deal for up to $35 million, as Orsborn noted.
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Bertans is one of multiple decisions for the Spurs to make in July. Leonard might be at the forefront, but he will hardly be all that the organization deals with this summer.