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What would the Wizards have to get for Davis Bertans for Tommy Sheppard to consider a trade?

What would the Wizards have to get for Davis Bertans for Tommy Sheppard to consider a trade?

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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Markieff Morris throws Davis Bertans to the ground, Bradley Beal's hilarious response

Markieff Morris throws Davis Bertans to the ground, Bradley Beal's hilarious response

Current Wizards power forward Davis Bertans and past Wizards power forward Markieff Morris got into a scuffle Monday night after Morris committed a flagrant foul on the sharpshooter.

Fighting for a rebound in the fourth quarter, Morris threw Bertans to the floor. Bertans took exception and went after Morris before Troy Brown and Ish Smith held him back. 

The officials then ruled the play a flagrant-1 foul on Morris, giving the Wizards two shots and the ball in the game's critical moments. 

After the game, Bradley Beal offered his thoughts on his former teammate and whether he would have had to keep the peace. 

"Keef is a dog for sure," Beal said with a big smile. "He's a bully but I was hoping he wouldn't do anything. I was there for him if need be."

It's hard to understand what Morris was thinking here, but he had plenty of moments like these when he played in DC. 

Morris was a Wizard for roughly three seasons and brought a level of toughness and attitude to the team. He was the founder of the "Death Row DC" nickname for the 2016-17 team, the same year the Wizards wore funeral attire before beating down the Celtics at home. 

While the officials reviewed the play, Bertans had some choice words for Morris. Mouth readers rejoice. 

The Wizards ended up winning this one by a healthy margin, and Morris' flagrant on Bertans had a lot to do with it. The Pistons had the momentum and could have re-taken the lead at that point of the game, but for some reason, Morris decided to get overly physical with Bertans. 

Instead of scratching your head wondering what Morris was thinking, Wizards fans can enjoy the fact that their team came out with a win because their player kept his head. 


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Davis Bertans is on track to become the third player in NBA history to hit 300 three pointers

Davis Bertans is on track to become the third player in NBA history to hit 300 three pointers

The Wizards have unlocked Davis Bertans' full potential as a marksman this season, and it could lead to he Latvian forward joining Stephen Curry and James Harden in the NBA history books. 

Through 21 games, Bertans is averaging 14.4 points on 45 percent shooting and 44.8 percent from three on 8.3 attempts per game. Before this season, Bertans' career-high in attempts from deep was 4.4 last season. 

That's 78 made threes so far this season, which puts him in a tie for third place in the NBA along with Buddy Hield. He trails only Devontae Graham and James Harden. 

As of now, Bertans is on track to make 304 three-pointers by the end of the season. That would be the fifth-most makes in a season in NBA history and make him just the second player ever to eclipse 300 triples.

Curry has done it each of the last three seasons, including the year he hit 402 (!) threes in 2016. James Harden hit 378 threes last year and is well on track to do it again this season. 

It's hard to see Bertans slowing down at this point, but there's a reason only two players have ever accomplished this feat. He'll have a chance at adding to his impressive total Sunday night against the Clippers at 6 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Washington.