Wizards’ Davis Bertans fires back at Magic’s Evan Fournier for ripping decision to sit out NBA restart
Bertans was the first player to formally turn down the restart, but his decision didn’t come without some criticism from Fournier, who blasted the Latvian for refusing to play out the eight regular-season games the Wizards would be entitled to at Walt Disney World.
The Latvian Laser did not hold back, calling out Fournier for his poor etiquette of calling him out without tagging him in the response:
If you don’t care about the risks of playing in Orlando, then also next time tag me with your opinion about me!
— Dāvis Bertāns (@DBertans_42) June 23, 2020
It’s safe to assume Fournier will be taking part in the restart, as his Orlando Magic teammates hope to keep their playoff spot (they’re also comfortably situated minutes from the Disney campus).
Bertans had suffered two ACL injuries prior to joining the Wizards, who are 5.5 games back of the Magic for the eighth playoff spot as the only Eastern Conference non-playoff team invited to the restart. If he was to suffer a major injury in Orlando, it would ruin the chances of getting his biggest payday yet after a career-best season.
While it’s an understandable business move, it will draw some controversy no matter what, even with the Wizards holding the second-lowest odds to make it into the postseason.
Realistically speaking, making the trip to Orlando for eight games might not be all that worthwhile for Bertans, who plans to work out with his teammates in Washington until it’s time to go wheels up to Walt Disney World in July.
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