The Wizards and general manager Tommy Sheppard have accomplished their No. 1 offseason goal by re-signing sharpshooting forward Davis Bertans to a five-year contract worth $80M, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed.
The Wizards had Bertans' Bird Rights, which allowed them to exceed the salary cap with his new deal. He will now become the third-highest paid player on the team behind guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.
That is worth noting, as Bertans will be expected to produce as one of the team's best players moving forward. He is on the short-list of scoring options and will be held to the standards of his contract to play at a high level consistently.
If Bertans can put up numbers like he did last season, he should be just fine. In his first year with Washington, he averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Most notably, he shot 42.4 percent from three on 8.7 attempts per game.
The Wizards acquired Bertans in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs and gave him a larger role in their offense. He took to it well and became one of the best three-point shooters in the league both in terms of efficiency and volume.
Now Bertans will join forces with Wall, who is one of the best passers in the game. They should enjoy a mutual relationship with Wall finding Bertans open looks and Bertans making life easier for Wall as he comes back from a ruptured Achilles.
Having checked off the most important box on their offseason to-do list, the Wizards can now move on to filling other needs, particularly on the defensive end.
The news was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.