It’s been reported that Dairis Bertans, brother of San Antonio Spurs sharpshooter Davis Bertans is closing in on a deal with New Orleans.
The progression of Latvian forward Davis Bertans from raw prospect to well-rounded contributor has been astonishing. To make things clear, Bertans’ shooting ability was never in question. The career 41.5 percent three-point shooter staggered in his sophomore season before blossoming in his third year with the San Antonio Spurs.
Bertans is the league’s leader in three-point shooting, draining his threes at a 47.1 percent clip on the season. Despite being snubbed from this year’s All-Star Three-Point Contest, the league has been put on notice by the 26-year-old.
It’s only natural that the rest of the league would want stock in the Bertans family tree. New Orleans Pelicans interim general manager Danny Ferry is in negotiation with Davis’ brother, Dairis Bertans. According to Wojnarowski, Dairis is currently playing with a club in Italy, where he is hitting 54 percent of his threes. Through 37 games this year between the EuroLeague and Lega Basket, Bertans is connecting on 49.5 percent of 2.9 treys per game.
New Orleans is seriously discussing a deal with Euroleague shooter Dairis Bertans, league sources tell @DraftExpress and me. Bertans is older brother of Spurs’ Davis Bertans. Dairis is playing in Italy, shooting 54 percent on three-pointers.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 28, 2019
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Davis has a significant size and length advantage over his brother, a 6-foot-4 guard. The two have noticeably different playing styles, but the jump shot is similarly consistent. If Dairis can adapt to the pace, athleticism and volume shooting of the NBA, he could be a fine addition for the Pelicans. This could prove to be an issue for the Spurs down the line considering these two teams meet four times per year.
It would have been a spectacle to have both Bertans brothers in San Antonio raining a flurry of three-pointers on the rest of the league, but Coach Popovich has Marco Belinelli to fill that role off the bench.
Over the last three games, Davis Bertans has struggled to make a real impact. He started in two blowout losses to the New York teams and played only 15 minutes against Detroit.
He’ll need to shake this cold streak if the Spurs want to make a run into the playoffs.