Washington Wizards small forward Davis Bertans should attract great interest in free will after a career season and potential suitors have already been identified.
According to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington, the Atlanta Hawks, the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns are likely to have a run at Bertans already.
Of those three, the Hawks will be “particularly aggressive,” Hughes said, as they will have more room under the salary cap than any other team.
But as Hughes noted and has been reported elsewhere, the salary cap is likely to drop sharply – and that could have a major impact on free will, making the Wizards the favorites to keep Bertans.
“Whatever the limit, the Wizards will be able to overcome it with a new contract for Bertans, as they hold his Bird Rights,” Hughes said. “But they also plan to avoid the luxury tax and should put Bertans in about the substantial money already set aside for John Wall is Bradley Beal. “
Bertans, 27, averaged 16 points with 42% of shots in his first season with the Wizards. He spent his first three years with the San Antonio Spurs.
He did not take part in the NBA shooting in Orlando, opting instead to focus on the free agency.
“If Washington doesn’t advance beyond the seeded games, Davis Bertans will lose $ 604,752 ($ 75,594 for 8 games lost),” ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks wrote. “Bertans is expected to become one of the best unrestricted free agents this summer. It makes sense to stay out based on future earnings.”
The NBA’s free agency period is expected to begin in mid-late October.