As we close in on the NBA trade deadline, the Wizards have yet to make a move.
Most of the reporting on the Wizards trade deadline plans suggested they were quietly trying to buy and were interested in Tristan Thompson, while not showing any interest in dealing Davis Bertans away.
Multiple contenders are interested in Bertans, and according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, the asking price for the Latvian sharpshooter is two first-round picks.
Washington's demand for Davis Bertans is two first-round picks, per league sources. Bertans will be an unrestricted free agent and the Wizards would like to re-sign him if they keep him. The Celtics one of multiple playoff teams with interest in acquiring Bertans.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) February 6, 2020
O'Conner includes the Celtics are one of "multiple playoff teams" with interest in Bertans, and their interest is certainly valid. Boston has three first-round picks in the 2020 draft but doesn't exactly have the roster spots to give them minutes.
A potential trade offer from the Celtics could be Enes Kanter, their own first-round pick and a top-6 protected first-round pick from the Grizzlies.
In his first season with the Wizards, Bertans is averaging a career-high 15 points on 42.9 percent shooting from three on serious volume (8.4 attempts). He's currently in the last year of his contract, making $7 million and will hit unrestricted free agency.
Based on O'Connor's report, as well as Tommy Sheppard's public comments, it still appears the Wizards are prepared to re-sign Bertans this summer. A core consisting of Bertans, Bradley Beal, John Wall and Rui Hachimura might not be a contender, but it certainly could be a playoff team in the East.
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