July 8, 2019 10:52 AM
Dairis Bertans: Returning to Europe
Bertans signed a two-year contract Monday with Russian club Khimki, Eurohoops.net reports.
After Bertans' agent revealed Sunday that his client was waived by the Pelicans, the prevailing thought was that the 29-year-old would return overseas after a brief, underwhelming stint in the NBA in the second half of 2018-19. Unsurprisingly, Bertans was quickly able to find a home back in the EuroLeague, where he was one of the circuit's pre-eminent outside shooters before bolting for the NBA. The shooting guard could revisit a return to the NBA down the road, though he'll more likely than not spend the rest of his career overseas.
July 7, 2019 04:24 PM
Dairis Bertans: Let go by New Orleans
Bertans' agent, Arturs Kalnitis, announced Sunday via his personal Twitter account that his client was waived by the Pelicans.
Bertans joined brother Davis in the NBA late in the 2018-19 season, appearing in 12 games for New Orleans while averaging 2.8 points and 0.8 triples in 13.9 minutes per contest while shooting 25.5 percent from the field. The Pelicans apparently weren't swayed enough by the 29-year-old's performance to justify keeping him on the roster in 2019-20 at a $1.42 million base salary, a portion of which would have been guaranteed if he wasn't waived before Aug. 1. Once he clears waivers, Bertans will evaluate his options both in the NBA and overseas before deciding where he'll continue his career.