And when free agency opened Friday, he did just that.
The Wizards and Bertans agreed on a five-year, $80 million contract, according to multiple reports — a massive deal for the 28-year-old. Washington acquired Bertans in the summer of 2019 from the San Antonio Spurs, a trade that’s now seen as a steal for Washington.
After arriving in Washington, Bertans enjoyed a career-year in which he averaged 15.4 points per game to be the Wizards’ second-leading scorer behind Bradley Beal. His marquee skill is shooting from beyond the arc, where he made 42.4% of his attempts — sixth-best in the NBA.
Bertans re-joins a crowded Wizards front-court with Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija, the latter of whom was the ninth pick in this year’s draft. Coach Scott Brooks used Bertans in a sixth-man role, though the Wizards often closed games with the Latvian on the floor.
Washington originally gave up the draft rights to forward Aaron White in a three-team trade to get Bertans — who San Antonio moved to create cap space for forward Marcus Morris, who later backed out of a verbal agreement with the Spurs to sign with the New York Knicks instead.
ESPN first reported the news of Bertans’ contract.
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