The San Antonio Spurs’ offseason plans include getting younger as they showed their age in the 2016 NBA playoffs when they were eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Spurs are interested in signing their 2011 draft pick from Latvia, Davis Bertans.
As mentioned in a previous report, the future of Tim Duncan is still unclear and he has until June 29 to decide if he will exercise his player option worth $5.64 million for next season. The 40-year-old was still effective this season but it might be time for both sides to move on.
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Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops noted in his report that the Spurs are looking to make a minimum contract offer to 6-foot-10 forward Davis Bertans. San Antonio acquired the rights to the 23-year-old player in 2011 as part of the George Hill for Kawhi Leonard deal with the Indiana Pacers.
The Spurs can buyout Bertans’ deal as he has only one year remaining on his contract with Spanish team, Laboral Kutza Baskonia. However, it should be noted that the Latvian player has a history of knee problems.
Bertans has torn his right ACL twice in his career with the first one happening in 2013 while he was playing for Serbian team, Partizan Belgrade. His second ACL tear happened on March 26 and he is expected to be out for six to eight months.
According to Hoops Rumors, Bertans’ best asset is his ability to space the floor with his career three-point shooting of 38.8 percent. It should also be noted that he underwent surgery to repair his ACL injury this year in San Antonio.
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Nonetheless, these are all just speculations but it’s quite clear that the Spurs are planning to get younger. They still have a great core of players with Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green on their roster.
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