In less than six months, Davis Bertans has gone from a player traded in a salary dump to one of the hottest commodities in the NBA.
The Wizards have unlocked his true potential as a three-point marksman. He's averaging four more three-point attempts per game than ever before and he's making them at an unruly 46.9 percent clip.
That's not only resulted in him being on pace to become the third player ever to make 300 threes in a season, but also a flurry of teams eyeing him on the trade market.
Tommy Sheppard did say the Wizards intend to keep Bertans past the trade deadline even though he's headed for unrestricted free agency, but that won't stop teams from calling.
Tom Haberstroh joined Travis Thomas and Quinton Mayo on "Wizards Outsiders" to address what the Wizards would have to receive in a trade for Sheppard to consider dealing him.
"If you're going to get Davis Bertans, you gotta pay up," Haberstroh said. "I think it would take an unprotected first round pick and a young player."
Bertans isn't your typical sharpshooter on an expiring deal. This season he's solidified himself as a legitimate weapon no matter the defensive attention he receives. And at 27 years old, he's just getting started.
"This is a guy that can be an elite shooter for your team for multiple years," Haberstroh said. "I think Sheppard at the deadline, he's going to get offers, but it would take a lot for them to deal [Bertans] for a team that's trying to build around Bradley Beal and John Wall."
The key thing to remember with any Bertans trade is bird rights. It's a salary cap device that allows teams to exceed the cap to retain their own players. The Wizards nor any team that has him by the end of the season has the ability to retain him without using cap space.
In a summer with limited cap space and star players available, that's a significant advantage in keeping Bertans beyond 2020.
Finding a team willing to part with an unprotected first-rounder and a young player is difficult, which one reason why Haberstroh doesn't think it's going to happen come February 6.
"I don't think someone's going to do it simply because I think he's going to stay [in Washington]."
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