It was previously reported that Bertans would sign a four-year, $20 million contract, but it appears the sides have agreed on more money for fewer years. The forward, entering his third season, garnered 14.1 minutes per game across 77 contests for the Spurs during 2017-18. However, with Kyle Anderson now in Memphis and Kawhi Leonard publicly demanding a trade, Bertans could be in line for a bigger role and will likely eclipse the 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists he averaged last season. Notably, he shot 37.3 percent from beyond the arc on 252 attempts.
During his second NBA campaign in 2017-18, Bertans saw a slightly increased role for San Antonio, appearing in 77 regular-season contests while averaging 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers and 1.0 assists in 14.1 minutes per game. The 6-foot-10 big man's ability to stretch the floor -- he knocked down 37.3 percent of his attempts from downtown last season -- were particularly valuable, and head coach Gregg Popovich also lauded the Latvian for the strides he has made defensively since his rookie season. Bertans is expected to serve as a bench forward for the Spurs again in 2018-19, though he could push for an even larger minutes share with Kyle Anderson now in Memphis and Kawhi Leonard's future with the organization still on shaky ground.
Bertans played a fairly small complementary role off the bench for the Spurs during his second season, averaging 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 14.1 minutes. He also knocked down 1.2 three-pointers per game at a 37.3 percent clip, so he's got the ability to stretch the floor. As a result, the Spurs would like to bring back the 6-foot-10 Latvian, so they've opted to extend him a qualifying offer. That means San Antonio can match any offer he receives during free agency and at this point, it seems likely they should be able to bring him back at a cheap price.
Bertans totaled eight points (3-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt), one rebound, one steal and one block across 19 minutes during a 116-106 loss to the Wizards on Tuesday.
Bertans went for his best point total in two weeks during Tuesday's blowout loss. The 19 minutes were by far the most he has received recently, as he had played a combined total of 15 minutes across the previous three games. If LaMarcus Aldridge (knee) is forced to miss any time, Bertans could see some increased run.
Bertans scored 14 points (4-6 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding one rebound, one steal and one block in 18 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 104-94 loss to the Thunder.
The 25-year-old continues to find his range on the outside, averaging 12.4 points and 2.4 three-pointers over the last five games, but Bertans' other fantasy contributions remain inconsistent at best. If Kawhi Leonard (quad) makes his long-awaited return to the lineup this week it will have a domino effect on the Spurs' frontcourt rotations, but Bertans' workload will still be largely dependent on how healthy Paul Gasol is on any given night.
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