Davis Bertans, a sweet-shooting Latvian big man, is entering this offseason as one of the most coveted free agents on the market. According to NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes, multiple teams have already expressed interest in executing a sign-and-trade deal for the Wizards forward.
On Monday, Hughes revealed that several teams that figure to be over the cap have contacted the Wizards about Bertans.
Multiple teams without the cap room to sign Bertans are preparing to make sign-and-trade offers in free agency, NBC Sports Washington has learned. That is in addition to the teams that have the cap room to fit his salary without a trade.
Hughes went on to explain that two offers have come from Eastern Conference teams and a third offer is rumored to have emerged from the Western Conference.
The teams were not specified, though one source said there are two Eastern Conference teams and one from the West who are interested in sign-and-trade scenarios involving Bertans. That is along with at least three teams - the Hawks, Knicks and Suns included - expected to target Bertans early in free agency using their cap room, as NBC Sports Washington previously reported.
Bertans is set to enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. The Athletic’s John Hollinger placed Bertans in the “more than MLE, less than max” category of his recent offseason salary projections.
Last season, his first with the Wizards, Bertans averaged 15.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. From beyond the arc, the big fella launched 8.7 three-pointers per game and connected on 42.4 percent of those attempts.
You can read the full story from Hughes at NBC Sports Washington.