Rumor: Wizards want to quickly re-sign Davis Bertans, but Knicks are lurking
As part of a recent piece for SI, Chris Mannix noted that the Wizards turned down several offers for Bertans at the trade deadline, including first-round picks. Clearly, Washington is intent on finding a way to bring him back and will move aggressively to do so in order to provide spacing for John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Bertans is one of the better shooting forwards in the NBA, which is why he is garnering so much interest. The Knicks are one of the teams with him on their list of desired free agents, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, but no deals have come to fruition as of yet.
Meanwhile, the Wizards are looking for a reasonable deal. Bertans is likely looking for at least $15 million a year as a free agent, and perhaps even more.
In his 54 appearances last regular season, Bertans racked up averages of 15.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting from the field (42.4 percent from beyond the arc), 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Notably, he elected not to play in the Orlando restart to protect his free agency.
The Knicks, who have $35 million in cap space, could certainly use a great shooter like Bertans. Whether they’ll actually be able to acquire him is still yet to be seen, but he’s one of a few major targets New York is looking at.