The San Antonio Spurs will have to make a trade if they want more financial flexibility this offseason, and they may have to deal Davis Bertans to get that done.
The San Antonio Spurs come into free agency with only a mid-level exception to use to improve their squad.
However, they have some assets on their roster that would be attractive to other teams and could help the Spurs create some cap space in a trade.
According to Jabari Young’s latest article on The Athletic, San Antonio has “received calls” from other teams regarding the availability of Latvian forward Davis Bertans.
Bertans was one of the league’s best three-point shooters last season hitting 42.9% from downtown on 4.4 attempts per game.
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That was an upgrade over his first two seasons with the Spurs where he was unable to crack 40% in that category.
Bertans also has great size at 6’10” and he moves his feet well on the defensive end for someone with that type of size.
His offensive game is pretty limited outside of his dangerous three-point shot as Bertans barely ever beats defenders off the dribble, but his shooting ability is extremely valuable for a Spurs team that is led by two stars who don’t step behind the three-point line very often.
That is why Jabari Young reports that the Spurs don’t plan on trading away Bertans, “as of now.”
However, if San Antonio gets an offer that they can’t refuse, I can see them moving on from Bertans for the right set of assets.
He has one year left on a two-year, $14.5 million deal and it’s possible that the Spurs could lose Bertans for nothing as an unrestricted free agent next summer, so it may be worth it to flip him for something this offseason.
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I’m personally pretty torn on whether San Antonio should be shopping a player with Bertans’ skillset, but if they don’t plan on re-signing him next summer the front office should consider acquiring a solid asset for him this offseason.