The San Antonio Spurs season is over but the team has been very busy looking at their foreign talent abroad. Erazem Lorbek is reportedly coming to the Spurs next season, and Adam Hanga is set to complete a two-week workout with the team.
Now, Davis Bertans (selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers and his rights were then traded to the Spurs) is coming to San Antonio to do individual workouts with the Spurs and is expected to participate in next season's Spurs' training camp according to Latvian site Apollo.lv.
"I do not know exactly what the training will be and what exactly will be done, but I will do all that I'm required to do. I heard at these training camps, there will be a lot of players because the team's season recently ended."
Bertans also mentions the Spurs have gone to Latvia to meet with him face-to-face since being acquired in the 2011 Draft.
"At that time, their main goal was to finally meet face to face. We went to dinner, and talked about basketball and about life. In addition, the Spurs organization is known that all players are treated equally - whether you're Tony Parker or second round draft choice new basketball player, like what I am"
Davis also states he is no longer dealing with knee issues which he dealt with last summer and has lost weight to help any knee issues.
The 20-year old Bertans recently signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Serbian team KK Partizan, so it is highly doubtful he will make his way to the NBA anytime soon.
Last season with Partizan in the Serbian League, Bertans averaged 5.1 points, 0.7 assists, 1.8 rebounds, and shot 68.2% from the field in 11.4 minutes in 18 games.
Please not another Bonner! Spurs need get rid of Bonner,he's a joke. I'm watching the finals I don't. See a M Bonner, in the finals
Guys, I'm not saying Bertans sucks and will always suck, I'm saying if his numbers don't go significantly up in about 2 years then he might not be good enough to play in the NBA. I mean, I know he averaged 11.4 minutes, but if you read recent analyzations of him, he hasn't been really impressive. I haven't read anything about him where he had an amazing performance. Who knows, maybe he'll change. But some guys are saying he's like Dirk Nowitizki. I don't think so. Dirk was already averaging like 19 points a game for his local team when he was 17/18 years old. As Dirk got older, he was scoring in the high 20's as a 19 year old for his club. In 1997 when Dirk was 19, he participated in the Nike Heroes tour where Charles Barkley said Dirk was a genius on the court. During the Nike Hoop Summit where all the best teenage talent in the world come to play each other, Dirk scored 33 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and had 3 steals for the International Team, all at the age of 19. Davis Bertans is averaging 5.1 points, 1.8 rebounds for KK Partizan at age 20. Yes, he's playing low minutes, but there's a reason players play low minutes. If Davis was so good, he'd be playing high minutes, like most stars on a basketball team do. That's just how it is, he's a good player, but not a star or the machine Dirk was at that age. Manu Ginobili was selected as the 57th pick. The thing is, Manu was a European League MVP, and he was averaging double digits as a young teenager in Italy and Argentina. He was like Dirk as a teen, scoring high points, being the superstar on their respective teams, and proving they were one of the top players in europe. Davis Bertans is not in that category. I sure hope he proves me wrong in the next couple of years.
Right. That's what I never get when they bring these late 20s years olds like 28 and 29 when we're trying to get younger with young legs. Sure he's only averaging those numbers with limited minutes, but he's 20 and can grow into a decent dominate big man. He can shoot, handle the ball. WAY better upgrade than Bonner and I bet he comes cheap too.
The guy can shoot and is 6'10'. The problem al these guys have is getting playing time when they are young. It like larry brown or don nelson are coaching. Seniority seems to be the rule> Moskov, Asik and man of these guys have poor numbers before they get here. What to see is if they have skills and can play some. Bertrans and Richards both have decent handles for big guys and can shoot. How much D will or can they play seems to be the difficult thing to determine when they don't have floor time. If the D league could pay more, many of these guys would do well to hone their skills over here and get some run time with coaching..
If he isn't averaging at LEAST 10 ppg after after let's say, two years with KK Partizan, don't bring him over.
Manu was not drafted until the 57th but turned out to be alright. He was not shooting the ball as he is doing now. If he is coming, he could be a good replacement of Bonner. He young and stands at 6'10" and he plays sf!
He is young and has the making of a Nowitzki. He stands 6'10". Why not give him a try?
@ajd21 He shot 68% from the field. That's great. Besides, thats 16.5 points per 36 mins.
@ajd21 he only played 11.4 minutes. I do agree with u though. I don't want to see him in Spurs gear