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Latvian Player Bertāns Shares Thoughts on Role and Coach in New Team

As stated by the Latvian player, whose role in the team and possible playing time is not clear, he does not think about it. “It never bothered me,” Bertan said. “My job is to come to training and work hard every day. If I get on the field, I will do everything in my power.”

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Bertāns also expressed his joy that he will be able to work again with coach Chip Engeland, who was one of the coaches in the Latvian’s first team in the San Antonio “Spurs” league. The American specialist is a shooting coach, who helped Bertan achieve 42.9% accuracy from the long-throw line in the 2018/2019 season.

“I’m glad we’re in the same team again,” said Bertans about the coach. “He is without a doubt one of the best pitching coaches in the world.”

In recent seasons, Bertan’s accuracy from long range has declined, but there is an explanation for this. As Bertans pointed out, it was easier in the first years in the league, because the opponents did not pay so much attention to them. When they started to do that, opportunities appeared for the Latvian to help partners who became more free on the court and could play on them.

Last season, 30-year-old Bertans played 45 games as part of the Dallas team, spending an average of 10.9 minutes on the court, scoring 4.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists, as well as making three-point shots with 39% accuracy. .

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Bertans still has two years left in the contract concluded in 2020. In the 2023/2024 season, he will receive 17 million US dollars, but in the 2024/2025 season, his salary, depending on the additional conditions, can be between five and 16 million dollars.

After being traded from the Washington Wizards, where he spent two and a half years, Bertan played in the Dallas team for the last season and a half. In the first three seasons of his career in the NBA, Bertans played for Sanatonio “Spurs”.

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