Davis Bertans could cost Knicks $18-20M per Bobby Marks

New York Knicks, Davis Bertans

The New York Knicks are one of the multiple teams expected to pursue the Washington Wizards’ top free agent Davis Bertans, according to a report.

Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reported on Monday that Bertans has also drawn interest from three teams — two from the East and one from the West — without a cap space in a sign-and-trade scenario in addition to the Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and the Phoenix Suns, who have the cap space to add him right away.

The Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Denver Nuggets have shown interest in Bertans at the February trade deadline.

Bertans is coming off a career year despite missing the entire NBA bubble. In 54 games with the Wizards last season, the Latvian sharpshooter averaged 15.4 points on 43/42/85 shooting splits.

Bertans’s shooting could boost the Knicks, who ranked 27th in the league in three-point shooting (33.3 percent) last season.

The Wizards hold his Bird Rights, meaning they can go over the cap to retain him. Wizards general manager Tommy Shepphard is hopeful they could resign him as they see him as an ideal fit next to their core of Bradley Beal and the returning John Wall.

Bertans is expected to fetch around $12-14 million annually as per ESPN’s front office insider Bobby Marks’ estimation.

According to Marks, the Knicks would need to pay a premium if they really intend to join the bidding war for Bertan’s services. 

 

“I think he will cost $18-20 million, and they will have to overpay him,” Marks told Empire Sports Media.

The Knicks could create anywhere from $35 to $50 million in cap space, depending on what they elect to do with their team options.

Bertans is just the latest added to a long free agent list linked to the Knicks after Fred Van Vleet, Christian Wood, Justin Holiday, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Joe Harris.

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Report: New York Knicks ‘really want’ Justin Holiday

New York Knicks, Justin Holiday

Another day, and another New York Knicks rumor: they’re interested in Justin Holiday.

J. Michael of the IndyStar reports that Holiday “really wanted” to return to the Pacers but is now “sour” on the team’s standing. Furthermore, Michael says that the Knicks “really want” Holiday, a free agent this offseason.

Holiday appeared in 73 games, six of which he started, for the Indiana Pacers this season. He averaged 8.3 points per game while shooting a career-best 40.5 percent from beyond the arc. Holiday started two games in the Pacers’ first-round series matchup with the Miami Heat; the Pacers were swept. For his career, the wing is averaging 8.1 points per game while shooting 36.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Holiday, 31, played for the Knicks in the 2016-17 NBA season, appearing in 82 games, four of which he started. He came to the Knicks in the 2016 blockbuster trade that sent point guard Derrick Rose to the Big Apple. New York traded guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant and center Robin Lopez to Chicago.

The Knicks’ current wing/forward rotation includes RJ Barrett, Julius Randle and Kevin Knox.

The Knicks could have upwards of $40 million in cap space this offseason depending on what they do with the team options they hold on multiple veteran players, including Reggie Bullock, Wayne Ellington and Bobby Portis. They also hold three picks in the upcoming NBA Draft: their own first (8) and second-rounder (38) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ first-round pick (27).

New York has revamped its coaching staff under team president Leon Rose, hiring former Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau to patrol the sidelines. Kenny Payne, Johnnie Bryant, Andy Greer, Dice Yoshimoto, and former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson will be assistants under Thibodeau.

The Knicks have also been linked to Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet and Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans.

New York Knicks expected to pursue Davis Bertans (Report)

New York Knicks, Davis Bertans

According to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington, the New York Knicks are expected to pursue Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans in NBA free agency. Hughes says the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns are also expected to make a push, with the Hawks being “particularly aggressive.”

Bertans, 27, played a career-high 29.3 minutes per contest in his debut season with the Wizards this season. Coming off the bench for all but four of his 54 games, he averaged 15.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc.

The Wizards acquired Bertans last summer in a three-team trade with the San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets; Washington received Bertans; San Antonio received DeMarre Carroll; Brooklyn received the draft rights to Aaron White.

The Spurs traded Bertans to clear cap space to sign free-agent forward Marcus Morris, who was reportedly signing a two-year deal. Morris then changed his mind, signing a one-year deal with the Knicks. He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers at the 2020 NBA trade deadline.

An NBA source tells Hughes that Washington has made re-signing Bertans, who he says could receive a contract between $15-20 million per season, “a top offseason priority.”

The Knicks could have upwards of $40 million in cap space this offseason depending on what they do with the team options they hold on a handful of veterans for the 2020-21 NBA season. They also have their own first-round draft pick (8), the Clippers’ first-rounder (27), which was part of their return on Morris, and the Charlotte Hornets’ second-rounder (38).

Bertans could theoretically be the Knicks’ starting power forward. A career 41.1 percent shooter from beyond the arc, he could stretch the floor for new head coach Tom Thibodeau’s offense. Bertans could also come off the bench, subbing in for the incumbent Julius Randle, who’s one season through a three-year, $62 million deal.