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Spurs Rumors: Davis Bertans to return on four-year deal

By Rob Wolkenbrod
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 8: Davis Bertans #42 and Head Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talk during the game against the Golden State Warriors on March 8, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 8: Davis Bertans #42 and Head Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talk during the game against the Golden State Warriors on March 8, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs will reportedly bring back Davis Bertans on a four-year deal.

On Sunday night, the San Antonio Spurs watched Kyle Anderson depart for the Memphis Grizzlies, who signed him to a four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet. Anderson was one of San Antonio’s three restricted free agents, as Davis Bertans and Bryn Forbes still remained on the open market, but with qualifying offers.

According to Sportando, the Spurs have locked up at least one of those players, Bertans, to a four-year, $20 million deal. As Paul Garcia of Project Spurs noted, it uses Bertans’ early bird rights and takes it through his age 29 season.

The Latvian forward was rumored to have interest from the Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz, but neither signed him to an offer sheet. That left the door open for San Antonio to sign him to its own contract, rather than matching the structure of another organization’s.

Between Bertans and Anderson’s deals, it’s a $4.3 million difference in average annual value. The Spurs were already over the cap, so bringing both players back at a combined $14.3 million would create difficulties and push the organization towards the tax.

With thin frontcourt depth, Bertans represents the closest player the Silver and Black have as a backup to LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol. Rudy Gay will remain with the team, and he can play a stretch four role, but that also best suits what Bertans can do. Does that mean the Spurs sign a backup center? Or will Chimezie Metu earn a spot and avoid a G League stint?

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In two seasons Bertans has averaged 5.3 points and 2 rebounds on 44 percent shooting and 38.4 percent from 3-point range. The Spurs traded for his rights in the 2011 NBA Draft, in the same deal as Kawhi Leonard, with the Indiana Pacers.

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