The San Antonio Spurs will continue to showcase international talents. Rumors are swirling that the Spurs will sign Latvian shooting sensation Davis Bertans for the next season.
Bertans was selected in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. However, his rights were immediately traded to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard-George Hill trade. It noted that the Spurs are offering a minimum-level offer of $4 million for Bertans’ services and no official word yet has been released if Bertans has agreed to the said deal.
The 23-year old forward is still under contract with Spanish team Laboral Kutxa Baskonia worth $650,000. If both parties agree upon the deal, Bertans could see his NBA dream a reality as he could be a valuable addition to the Spur’s roster and could be a reliable backup in an already star-studded line-up that includes LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
Playing for Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, Bertans averages 11 points and 2.9 rebounds. He also has a 41.6 percent from beyond the arc in his 22 games played in the Euroleague. The only downside with Bertans is his right knee, which has undergone two separate ACL operations. However, injuries have not stopped Bertans after recovering from his injury, he would storm the Spanish League by averaging 11.4 points per game before he re-injured his knee anew.
Bleacher Report notes that Bertans’ shooting mechanics are great as he has an ultra-quick release that he could knock down shots running off screens or creating off the dribble. Sources noted that Bertans met with officials from the Spurs in discussing the two-year deal offer, though no official word from the Spurs has been released yet to give details of the negotiations.
As of early, critics are already questioning if Bertans will fit in with the Spurs system but coach Gregg Popovich has the talent to turn raw talents into valuable players in the course of the NBA and the situation can be said with Bertans, though his built is not as tough as one can see, he could still be an asset to the Spurs next season.
Photo Courtesy: Baskonia.com/ Davis Bertans