San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan has high praise for former teammate Davis Bertans.
During a recent appearance on The Old Man and the Three podcast with JJ Reddick, DeRozan reflected on his first season with the team and even said Bertans was one of the best shooters he’s ever played with.
Unfortunately, Derozan and Bertans only played together for one season. The Spurs were forced to trade Bertans to the Washington Wizards as part of a three-team deal with the Brooklyn Nets in 2019. The trade created cap space to sign Marcus Morris for the Spurs; however, he ended up backing out of his deal.
Nevertheless, the Spurs desperately needed a guy like Bertans this past season — someone who can knock down the three-point shot consistency on any given night. And who knows, if the Spurs would’ve kept Bertans, they could’ve possibly made the playoffs this past season.
Bertans, who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, had a career season in 2019-20 with the Wizards. The Latvian sharpshooter averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 29.3 minutes per game. He also shot an astonishing 42.9 percent from three-point range, which was the sixth-highest in the league last season.
The 27-year-old forward is expected to be one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason. According to NBC Sports, Bertans can command up to $15 million per year — which isn’t surprising at considering the season he had in 2019. Furthermore, Bertans is still in the midst of his prime right now, so whichever team signs him will certainly get their money’s worth next season.