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Wizards acquire Davis Bertans using trade exception

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Bertans played three seasons for the San Antonio Spurs before heading to Washington.

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Davis Bertans is coming to the Wizards from the San Antonio Spurs.
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On Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Wizards acquired Davis Bertans from the San Antonio Spurs with a trade exception. Bertans will make $7 million in the 2019-20 season.

The trade for the Latvian forward appears to be made to address their need for a post who can make threes reliably. Bertans averaged 8.0 points per game for San Antonio last season and made 42.9 percent of his three-point shots (145-of-338 attempts).

For the Spurs, they were looking to acquire DeMarre Carroll, as Wojnarowski noted. So Washington once again played as a facilitator in a larger trade while not giving up too many assets.

I don’t see this trade negatively affecting rookie Rui Hachimura. But perhaps Bertans could start right away while Hachimura gets acclimated to the NBA style of play.