Spurs Trade Davis Bertans To Wizards In Three-Team Deal

5:32pm: The three-team trade is now official, the Nets announced in a press release. Bertans goes to Washington, Carroll to San Antonio, and White’s draft rights to Brooklyn. The Nets also acquired the draft rights for 2014 second-rounder Nemanja Dangubic from the Spurs.

4:33pm: The Spurs are finalizing a trade that will send sharpshooting forward Davis Bertans to the Wizards, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter).

As Wojnarowski explains, trading Bertans will allow San Antonio to acquire DeMarre Carroll and his new three-year deal via sign-and-trade. According to David Aldridge of The Athletic (via Twitter), the Nets will receive the rights to draft-and-stash player Aaron White from the Wizards in the three-team deal, which will send Carroll from Brooklyn to the Spurs.

Bertans, 26, is one of the most talented outside shooters among the NBA’s big men, having knocked down 42.9% of his three-pointers last season. In 76 total games (21.5 MPG), he averaged 8.0 PPG and 3.5 RPG for San Antonio. He’ll have an opportunity to earn a frontcourt role for a Wizards team that lost Bobby Portis and Trevor Ariza and also appears unlikely to bring back Jabari Parker or Sam Dekker.

The Wizards, who will absorb Bertans using the $8.6MM trade exception they created when they dealt Markieff Morris in February, will be right at the luxury-tax line after acquiring the Spurs’ forward. However, they could create some breathing room by waiving Jonathon Simmons before his 2019/20 salary becomes fully guaranteed, tweets ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

As for the Spurs, they had sought more versatility on the wing and at the forward spots, tweets Jabari Young of The Athletic. Swapping Bertans for Carroll will point them in that direction. Additionally, by folding Carroll’s agreement into this deal as a sign-and-trade, the Spurs retained their mid-level exception, which they’ll use to sign Marcus Morris, another versatile forward.

San Antonio initially reached a two-year contract agreement with Carroll, but amended it today to add an extra season, since sign-and-trade contracts must span at least three years. It’s not clear if that third year will be guaranteed.

As for the Nets, it’s unclear if their involvement in this deal extends beyond acquiring White and doing a favor to Carroll. The 49th overall pick in the 2015 draft, White has spent the last four seasons playing overseas for teams in Germany, Russia, and Lithuania.

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13 thoughts on “Spurs Trade Davis Bertans To Wizards In Three-Team Deal

  1. Tazza

    The Wizards are quite odd. They are getting a few role players like they have a chance of competing but they have a team that’s likely to finish at about 12th in the East. Last year they hag Wall fit and now they lost him and added role players meanwhile the Heat have got in Butler, the hawks got DeAndre Hunter and Cam Reddish, the Cavs got in Garland and will have KLove duly fit, the Bulls got Coby White ad Thad Young. The league is improving but the Wizards are just getting worse. Bradley Beal needs to demand a trade

    • yinzburgh

      Just cause we gonna rebuild don’t mean Brad Beal wants out. You realize he’s only 25 right? He is literally the main part of our rebuild stupid

      • Tazza

        You haven’t even started a rebuild tho. John Wall is going to be injures all year and is on a huge deal that no one will want. Your other young players consist of Hachimura who you didn’t even have a meeting with. Bongs and Wagner who you picked up because the Lakers needed to make room. And Thomas Bryant who showed bits of being good but isn’t that young either. Beal is about to enter his prime and is far to good to be on a team that won’t make that play offs. Why would Beal want to stay there and keep losing. They are better off Trading Beal for a package of lots of draft picks or multi young players.

          • Tazza

            I was meant to say is to that great either sorry.
            The Wizards always muck up the draft, just look at Troy Brown Jr who they took over Kevin Heuter, Landry Shamet and Mitchell Robinson. They could’ve also tried to trade up 1 spot to take Micheal Porter Jr. Or this year with Rui Hachimura who they didn’t even meet with over Cam Reddish.
            Plus they gave Wall a huge deal and he’s injured for the next year so he’s not going to be a valuable trade piece. And now they are collecting role players.
            Bradley Beal will be in his prime soon and no way he will want to be a on a losing team that is trying to rebuild but sucks

        • Jamespfunk

          We will be bad next year for sure. Probably have a top 4 pick next draft to then go with Beal and Wall the following year, Hachimira gets a year to develop. That is if Wall is ever healthy enough to play.

  2. Tazza

    Like I’m sure you could trade him to the Nuggets for a package of Gary Harris, Micheal Porter Jr, Nacho Hernagomez and Bol Bol.
    Or to the Bulls for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Wendell Carter Jr and Denzel Valentine.

  3. Socrates Curveball

    Spurs would give away a 26 year old knock down stretch 4 to sign a 33 Yr old wing DeMarre Carroll and physical interior player Marcus Morris. The spurs lack of emphasis on shooting continues to baffle me. Solid deal for Wizards. Bertans will be an asset at the deadline and replaces Bobby Portis at less than half the price, albeit with less upside. For Brooklyn, adding a couple stash players that maybe fit into a Tax Payer MLE in the next few seasons makes sense on this surface.

    • Sheldon Bowen

      Bertans is like Matt Bonner lol. Carroll and Morris can shoot the three very well and play really good defense. Not sure what you’re talking about.

    • I like Bertans, but this is an upgrade for the spurs at a position of need.

    • x%sure

      I am also surprised at the trade circle. Bertans shot 43% from 3, net +10, on/off +11. Meanwhile Carroll has started his decline, with 3pt down to 34%.
      Bertans looks funny but Carroll was terrible in the playoffs, 5.4 PER, no help at any level.

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