Set to hit the free-agent market after this season, Davis Bertans elected not to participate in the NBA's restart next month at Disney World.
The sharpshooting forward is in line for a massive payday and has a history of knee injuries, so he decided against assisting the Wizards in an eight-game sprint to force a play-in tournament for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Washington reportedly supports that decision completely, but the same can't be said for players like Magic guard Evan Fournier. In consecutive tweets Monday, Fournier criticized Bertans' decision to watch his teammates fight for a playoff spot instead of being there himself.
😂😂 this is whats wrong with the NBA nowadays man. https://t.co/zDMpgd9asR— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) June 22, 2020
Seriously tho. If you think its ok to sit and watch your teammates play while you re perfectly healthy its says a lot about you. 🤷🏽♂️🤷🏽♂️— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) June 22, 2020
You'd think Fournier, who's Magic will be trying to fend off the Wizards in Orlando for the right to draw the Bucks in the first round, would be happy to see Washington without their second-best player. It appears not.
It's also easier for a player in the fourth year of a five-year, $85 million contract to look at things a little differently than Bertans, who figures to be one of the top players on the market this fall.
Not long after, Bertans responded to Fournier's tweet.
If you don’t care about the risks of playing in Orlando, then also next time tag me with your opinion about me!— Dāvis Bertāns (@DBertans_42) June 23, 2020
Whatever side of this you fall on, Fournier's reaction shows why this is a difficult decision for players considering sitting out. It's hard to prioritize anything over your teammates, even in a situation where the playoffs aren't a guarantee and if you make it, you have to deal with an absolute buzzsaw in Milwaukee.
Bertans is a valuable piece to the Wizards this year, but he'll be even more valuable next season with John Wall back on the floor breaking down defenses and kicking it out to him for threes. It's probably best if Bertans is fully healthy for when that time comes.
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