With free agency on the top of his mind, sharpshooter Davis Bertans from the Washington Wizards is one of the first non-injured players to publicly pull out from the NBA restart.
Davis has become the talk of the town as the news dropped per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim Bontemps. The reason it’s a big decision is from Bertans, who’s at the golden age of 27, is on the cusp of a lucrative long-term contract, and has had two previous ACL injuries.
His agent, Arturs Kalnitis, explained why his client chose not to play.
“To be completely honest, Davis was prepared to play, and then he made a last-minute decision to sit out. When the NBA announced that players who sit out wouldn’t face consequences and would just lose 1 percent of their salary for each game missed, we sat down to discuss this. Davis is about to sign the biggest deal of his life, so he would be taking a big risk by playing. It wasn’t a tough decision, to be honest.”Arturs Kalnitis – Davis Bertans’s Agent
This season with the Wizards, Bertans posted career highs across the board, including points (15.9) and minutes (29.3) while shooting 42.4% from 3-point range. This makes him one of the best sixth men in the NBA and a candidate for the Most Improved Player for the 2019-20 season. The Wizards are fully supporting his decision and said they remain determined to re-sign him, however, he will be losing around $520,000 of his $7,000,000 salary for sitting out. Would you choose the same if in that position?
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