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What is Davis Bertans' contract and how did it influence his decision to sit out?

What is Davis Bertans' contract and how did it influence his decision to sit out?

With Davis Bertans' decision to sit out the rest of the 2019-20 regular season to preserve his health for free agency, it is now officially time to talk about his future.

He is set to be an unrestricted free agent when the market opens in October and the Wizards want to keep him. What keeping him could entail, though, is a bit murky with the uncertainty of how free agency will be affected by the league's months-long shutdown due to coronavirus.

There are going to be teams with less money to spend after being squeezed by the league shutdown. The salary cap could also be lowered for the 2020-21 season due to lost revenue.

The Wizards will be able to exceed the salary cap to sign Bertans, if they choose, due to the fact he has Bird Rights. But they also can't negotiate an extension with him until the offseason, since he is playing on a two-year deal which he signed with the Spurs in the summer of 2018.

There has been debate for months about how much Bertans will command in free agency. There were reports he could top $15 million annually. But whatever the number is, it will likely be lower than it otherwise would have been, given the financial constraints inflicted by coronavirus.

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It could help the Wizards in the sense other teams won't have the deep pockets they would have had. But it could also hurt them in that their total salary cap number will lower, and they are already working within a landscape that includes John Wall and Bradley Beal on big contracts.

The upcoming free-agent class isn't considered a deep one, but there are some players who may rank ahead of Bertans at his position. Some forwards set to be available include Danilo Gallinari, Gordon Hayward, Montrezl Harrell and Marcus Morris. Teams looking for shooting could turn to Evan Fournier or Joe Harris.

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Bertans' decision to sit out could be seen several different ways as it pertains to the Wizards. For one, a player they really want to keep is preserving himself from injury, which is good. He has two ACL tears in his history and, if he were to injure himself in the home stretch of this season, would put the Wizards in a difficult spot. They rebuffed offers from other teams leading up to the trade deadline and in doing so bet a lot on their ability to both sign Bertans and make him a big piece of their future.

Bertans not playing, though, will affect their chances of making the playoffs. He is their second-best scorer and will be hard to replace. And making matters potentially worse is the league's new rule for draft lottery odds within the restart format.

Basically, the Wizards can hurt their lottery odds, but can't help them. Not having Bertans increases the likelihood they are negatively affected by the rule.

The main takeaways from Bertans' decision, though, are for the long-term. And now that he has made his decision known, it's fair to wonder if any other players in a similar spot will follow his lead.

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Wizards-Pacers will be DeMatha High School reunion with Victor Oladipo and Jerian Grant

Wizards-Pacers will be DeMatha High School reunion with Victor Oladipo and Jerian Grant

DeMatha High School head coach Mike Jones can still remember the conversations between Victor Oladipo and Jerian Grant when they were underclassmen, some of those discussions which were in passing, that they didn't even know he heard.

Long before they became NBA first round picks, the two were best friends. They would sit in the locker room in Hyattsville, MD and marvel over what it would be like to someday make it to the league.

"They used to talk about playing in the NBA, they used to talk about making it. They used to talk about playing against each other," Jones told NBC Sports Washington.

On Monday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, Grant and Oladipo's teams will square off in the NBA's campus in Orlando. Grant now plays for his hometown Wizards, the team his father also played for, while Oladipo is in his third year with the Indiana Pacers.

"To be able to see their dreams come true, it's incredibly rewarding because I know they did everything they were supposed to do to make that happen," Jones said.

As Jones can attest, both Grant and Oladipo did not take the path many first round picks did. Both arrived at DeMatha without any hype. They had to start out on the freshman team and work their way up to varsity. And they did it the hard way.

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They would show up early in the morning before school to work out at what is known as the 'Breakfast Club.' The rules are simple. You show up dressed and ready to go by six in the morning or else you aren't allowed in the gym.

Grant would travel from 30 minutes away and Oladipo from 45 minutes out. Grant would set his alarm and walk into his mother's room and bounce on the bed to wake her up. 

"He woke his mom up, he woke his ride up to take him to the gym. It wasn't the other way around. That's love for the game," Jones said.

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Once they arrived at school, the gym would be opened by David Adkins, who is now an assistant coach for the Wizards and will be sitting on the bench on Monday. Adkins cut his teeth in the high school ranks, but now leads an expansive player development program for an NBA team.

Those early morning workouts helped Grant and Oladipo rise through DeMatha's vaunted basketball system, which has produced many stars at all levels of the game. Monday's NBA slate also features other alums from the school like Jerami Grant of the Nuggets, Jerian's brother, and Quinn Cook of the Lakers.

But just having the talent and going to DeMatha isn't enough to make it to the sport's highest level. It takes a level of determination not everyone has.

Grant and Oladipo each went the extra mile to go from unheralded high school players to big-time college stars to NBA first round picks. They have become testimonials for Jones to cite to the young players he coaches today.

"It makes it easier for someone to listen to you, but let's be honest, kids are funny. You can say the No. 1 pick in the draft [Markelle Fultz] didn't play varsity until he was a junior, the No. 2 pick in the 2013 draft [Oladipo] didn't start on varsity until his senior year," Jones said. 

"I can throw those stories out to an eighth grader and he's looking at me like 'yeah, that's cool but I'm ready to play varsity today.' It probably doesn't help as much on the front end, but during the process it helps because when a young man doesn't have immediate success, we can point to those guys."

For those who are willing to put in the time, Grant and Oladipo represent shining examples of what hard work can lead to. Jones believes their success is validation for his program and also the basketball talent in the D.C. area as a whole.

But Jones knows that for this particular duo it also represents something on a more personal level.

"Just their friendship, their partnerhood, their bond together; I've never seen anything like it," Jones said. "I'm so proud to have been able to watch them up close."

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John Wall looks as good as ever in Instagram workout video

John Wall looks as good as ever in Instagram workout video

Two losses to open up the NBA restart for the Wizards is not great. What is great, however, is a recent workout video from John Wall.

Wall is not in Orlando with Washington as he recovers from an Achilles injury, but if this training video posted to his Instagram is any indication, he's looking as healthy and dangerous as ever.

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The dribble moves, spin and 360-dunk are about as impressive as it gets. Wall looks to have no problem making explosive cuts and jumps on the court, something he's made a habit of doing on a nightly basis throughout his career. 

But, in case you were wondering how Wall's shooting is going, he made sure to nail a three at both corners to show off his range. The new and improved John Wall is here and he's ready to hurt defenders inside the paint and on the perimeter.

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This video is just the latest signal of Wall's progression following the injury, and it wouldn't be wrong to watch it on repeat as a way to hold yourself over until he's back on the court for game action down the line. While it's been a long road to recovery, the point guard looks ready to once again set the league on fire and help the Wizards climb back into contention.

As he said in his caption, "Just Wait On It."

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