Report: Davis Bertans returns to Wizards on five-year, $80 million deal

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The Washington Wizards are keeping Davis Bertans, and the price was not cheap.

Bertans and the Wizards have agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

You can mark this deal down as another episode in the long-running series of sharpshooters getting paid in the modern NBA, and Bertans is definitely a sharpshooter.

In his lone year with the Wizards after a trade from the San Antonio Spurs, Bertans averaged a career-high 15.4 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 42.4 percent from 3-point range on 8.7 attempts per game. In his career, Bertans is a 41.1 percent shooter from deep.

Bertans made headlines earlier this year when he opted out of the NBA restart with the admitted reason of ensuring a lucrative payday in free agency, a decision made easier by the Wizards’ long playoff odds and a history of ACL injuries. That certainly worked out for Bertans.

At 28 years old and never exactly a plus on defense, there is some question of whether this contract will hurt the Wizards down the line, but the team clearly wants to compete this season and bringing back Bertans should help with that.

Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans (42) gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Davis Bertans is the latest evidence that shooters get paid in the modern NBA. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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