Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard wants it to be known he has no plans of letting Davis Bertans go.
While Bertans, the surprise of the Wizards season so far, has already been the subject of trade speculation ahead of the Feb. 2020 deadline, Sheppard threw some water on those rumors in an interview on the 'Off the Bench' podcast on the team website.
Sheppard was asked about Bertans and other players the Wizards brought in over the summer. He praised Bertans, spoke about other players, and then went back to the Latvian Laser to clear something up.
"We have every intention of retaining him. He's the exact type of player we want to have in our organization. I think he wants to be here. Business will take care of itself," Sheppard said.
"There's so much chit-chat in this league that gets out there. Most of it is contrived by the teams that would love to have Davis. Well, guess what? One of the teams that would have to have him, has him. We intend to keep him. We're excited about his growth."
Bertans, 27, is second on the Wizards with 15.4 points per game this season. He is shooting 45.6 percent from three on 8.5 attempts per game.
Outside shooting is always coveted in the NBA and several contenders in need of it have already been linked to Bertans by trade rumors.
Sheppard, though, said those teams can essentially keep dreaming. Bertans is in a contract year, but the Wizards have every intention of signing him to a new deal.
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