LAS VEGAS — The Washington Wizards continued to prune and reshape their roster Saturday by agreeing to a trade with the San Antonio Spurs for Davis Bertans.
Washington will use its $8.6 million trade exception to acquire Bertans, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Latvia. The move follows the trade Friday night with Memphis that sent center Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies for veteran wing C.J. Miles. The deals are aimed at giving the Wizards increased shooting depth.
In a team statement, Tommy Sheppard, the team’s senior vice president of basketball operations, praised Bertans.
“Davis is a player that will add depth to our frontcourt with his shooting ability, basketball IQ and work ethic,” Sheppard said in the statement. “He was one of the top three-point shooters in the league last season and will allow us to stretch the floor.”
For the past three seasons, Bertans, 26, has performed as a three-point shooter in a reserve role with the Spurs. Bertans averaged 8.0 points this past season on an average of six shots, including 4.4 three-point attempts, and connected on 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Miles has averaged 35.9 percent from three-point range over his 14 years in the NBA.
The Bertans deal will increase the Wizards’ roster to 18 players, a number that includes the three players acquired in the trade last month with the Los Angeles Lakers — Moritz Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga. The NBA sets the roster limit to 15, so once the trade goes through, Washington must waive players who do not have guaranteed contracts.
The Wizards have three players on the roster with non-guaranteed deals: Jonathon Simmons, Jordan McRae and Tarik Phillip. Jones also has a non-guaranteed contract.
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