Trading away Davis Bertans was a mistake on the part of the San Antonio Spurs’ front office, but is it possible for them to bring him back in free agency?
Moving off of Davis Bertans was one of the worst decisions that the San Antonio Spurs have made in recent years. Including him in a trade package for a more desirable player is nothing to fret about, but moving him for absolutely nothing put a dent in the team’s reputation. It doesn’t help that a year after his departure, the team is outside the playoff picture with an unclear future.
Now, the team could have a chance to pursue the Latvian Laser once again. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, Bertans is set to hit the open market with an opportunity greater than ever perceived. Before this point in his career, he was known only as a role player with a lanky frame and a clean 3-point jump shot. However, teams have come to understand that he’s capable of much more than just the occasional triple.
By this point in his career, Bertans is well-known as one of the most talented marksmen in the sport with incredible range and consistency as a volume shooter. In his role with the Washington Wizards, Bertans hit 42.4 percent of his shots from deep including 200 makes in 54 games. Bertans joined Duncan Robinson as the only two players in the NBA to make at least 40 percent of at least eight 3-pointers per game.
This has put a premium on his contractual outlook that the San Antonio Spurs would need to reach in this unique free agency class.