The Kawhi Leonard trade continues to pay dividends for the Spurs, as the team announced today in a press release that it has signed Latvian forward Davis Bertans, who was also a part of the deal that saw Leonard land in San Antonio.
Back in 2011, the Spurs sent George Hill to the Pacers on draft night for the rights to Leonard, the No. 15 overall pick. As part of that deal, Indiana also dealt the draft rights for Erazem Lorbek and Bertans – 2011’s No. 42 overall pick – to San Antonio. Five years later, Bertans is heading stateside at age 23 to join the Spurs.
We learned earlier this month that Bertans was negotiating a deal with the Spurs, with international journalist David Pick pegging the value in the $1.3MM-$2MM range. The exact terms of Bertans’ new deal aren’t yet known, but the Spurs were able to clear a little extra cap room this week by waiving Tim Duncan and stretching his remaining salary, following Duncan’s retirement announcement.
Bertans has spent the last few seasons with Laboral Kutxa Vitoria in Spain, averaging just over 20 minutes per contest in 15 games for the team in Euroleague action last season. In those 15 games, he averaged 7.9 PPG and shot a blistering 47.4% on three-point attempts.
In addition to locking up Bertans, the Spurs also officially added a rookie free agent to their roster, announcing in a separate press release that they’ve signed Bryn Forbes. A shooting guard out of Michigan State, Forbes went undrafted after working out for about a dozen NBA teams this spring. Terms of Forbes’ new contract aren’t known, but it figures to be a minimum-salary pact.