Wizards Notes: Bertans, Beal, Playoffs

Davis Bertans is expected to see a significant raise on his $7MM salary when he hits free agency this summer. As we passed along earlier today, one Eastern Conference executive believes it’s possible that he commands $20MM annually on his next deal.

The Wizards have Bertans’ Bird rights, though they already owe $97.7MM to the eight players with guaranteed deals next season. That could make retaining the power forward a tough task without making corresponding moves.

Here’s more from Washington:

  • Playoffs? Bradley Beal said that remains the goal for the Wizards, as he told Hoops Rumors and other media in attendance during the franchise’s game against the Pistons. “That’s the goal, that’s every day for us,” Beal said. “Especially in mind in the back of my head. I know, especially once All-Star hits, that second half is just flying. We have to tighten up and try to get some wins here before the break because that’s usually the time when teams like to ease off the pedal a little bit. We have to take advantage of [that], that advantage of our schedule, take care of our bodies, and rally together.”
  • Ian Mahinmi, who is in the final season of his four-year, $64MM contract, has been playing well for the Wizards lately and he credits his teammates for putting him in good position to be an offensive force. “It’s a good feeling. You know me, I’m not a really big stat guy. Honestly, I like to impact the game especially on the defensive end,” the center said following the Wizards’ contest on MLK day. “If you see the way I scored today, it’s really a credit to my teammates. They find me at the right the time, the right place to dunk the ball, to shoot a couple of threes. It’s a great feeling.”
  • The Capital City Go-Go have acquired former University of Virginia guard London Perrantes, according to the team’s PR department. The G League squad has sent Gabe York to the Canton Charge in exchange for Perrantes.
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13 thoughts on “Wizards Notes: Bertans, Beal, Playoffs

  1. padam

    $20M per for Bertans? Pass. He’s only putting up decent numbers because he plays for a crap team and wins aren’t a result of him getting minutes. I struggle with him even getting $10M per, but I’m sure someone is going to make a bad signing and reward him.

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        I’m assume his agent will laugh at any offer for just $10M/season when free agency begins this summer. He may not be a great defender, but he has to be way better than Melo or Kuzma. How many PF’s out there average 15 PPG and shoot 41% from three?

    • mcmillankmm

      $12-15M seems about right, $20M seems like a lot since it will most likely be over a 3-4 year term

    • Nah, Bertans is a tough nosed defender, is athletic, has a high motor and always looks to make the right play.

      Ryan was a great shooter and decent rebounder and that’s about it.

  2. K3vin

    How many articles will there be about Bertans currently making 7 million and getting 15-20 million on next contract?

  3. Beal needs to worry more about his mentals and his chickens before he worries about the playoffs.

  4. Seemed kind of ridiculous when Portis claimed, while a backup 4-5 for the same team, that he wanted 16 mm per year. Yet, he got 15 mm. Then again, that was given under Steve Mills’ proprietary player evaluation system.

    The one Eastern conference executive is likely just passing along the guy’s agent’s message. Why not? Mills/Perry are still employed, and the Knicks will have cap space.

  5. Tazza

    Wizards should trade him he’s on the books for 7 mil and your not wanting to resign him for the price he will want. Same with Mahnimi he has a 15mil expirind deal and the Wizards need some more talent.

    Still think Harrison Barnes is a good option. He’s a handy third or fourth option scorer after Wall and Beal and possibly Hachimura plus he would be the teams best defender in a handy position.

    He brings no ego, he’s selfless, he’s experienced in the playoffs and he just knows how to win games.

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