Spurs Set To Add Three-Point Specialist Davis Bertans
The San Antonio Spurs are likely to add sharpshooting small forward Davis Bertans to their roster for next season, according to a source close to the team.Advertisement
Pacers selected Bertans with the 42nd pick in the 2011 Draft before trading his rights to San Antonio. The Spurs decided to stash the Latvian away in the EuroLeague. In December 2015, there were reports that Bertans was joining his NBA right holders but he couldn’t reach an agreement with Spanish club Real Madrid.
According to Bleacher Report, “Bertans would give strong consideration to making the jump to the NBA for a two-season package deal worth $4 million total. He is under contract in Spain but has an NBA opt-out clause until mid-July for the standard $650,000.”
Bertans: Setting EuroLeague ablaze
This past season, Bertans put international scouts on notice with an incredible streak of three-point shooting. With his sweet shooting form and ultra-quick release, the 23-year-old Latvian is capable of knocking down shots off screens or creating off the dribble. (Watch Video Highlights Above)
Bertans shot an impeccable 47 per cent from deep during the previous EuroLeague season while averaging 3.1 three-pointers per 36 minutes. He averaged 13.7 points at 51 per cent shooting.
Today’s Fastbreak argues that the Spurs, who were eliminated in the Western Conference finals after a franchise-best 67 regular season wins, could desperately use some perimeter shooting. “Three-point shooting wasn’t the biggest weakness for the team this season (it still shot 37.5 percent on its limited attempts from downtown, second in the NBA), but there’s no question improvement in that area would help the Spurs’ offense become more formidable.”
Spurs need 3-pt shooters
Jared Johnson also notes that Bertans is more than just a spot-up shooter. “This isn’t your average floor-stretching big man who just waits outside for other guys to collapse the defense and attempts wide-open standstill threes. Bertans works hard for his shots, quickly moving his lanky 210-pound frame around the perimeter and then rising up for jumpers, contested or uncovered.”
The Spurs are preparing to pursue Kevin Durant and Mike Conley in free agency next month.