Celtics have ‘strong interest’ in Wizards’ Davis Bertans
The Celtics have one of the most potent starting lineups in the league with three 20-point scorers in Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown — all capable of huge offensive outputs. Despite having four capable 3-point shooters in that trio plus Gordon Hayward, their bench ranks 28th among second units in 3-point shooting — making Bertans a surefire commodity they would love to add.
The Wizards have been hellbent in keeping Bertans, even mulling re-signing him this offseason for a much heftier price tag, but Boston has a war chest of draft picks that can sweeten the pot in search of much-needed 3-point shooting.
Boston has the ability to throw in more than one draft pick in a trade for Bertans, who is only making $7 million this season and exceeding what his contract demands.
Bertans is 10th in the league in 3-point shooting, making a beefy 42.9% of his shots from downtown. No player in the Celtics roster makes nearly as good a percentage in that many attempts.
Walker leads the way with a 38.8% clip while Tatum is still a solid 37.2% and Brown and Hayward are tied at 37.8% from deep — good but by no means elite 3-point shooters.
Bringing Bertans off the bench would give the Celtics a major boost in 3-point scoring, as well as the occasional shot-fake drive and cutting option for the well-versed Latvian power forward.