Spurs told Partizan to hold out Bertans a bit longer

After suffering a devastating knee injury, Davis Bertans is finally ready to hit the court for current team Partizan but the San Antonio Spurs have other plans for the forward.

According to Slovenian site Silo.net, Bertans was set to return in six months but the Spurs asked Partizan to hold him out for eight months.

Partizan coach Dusko Vujošević said that the San Antonio Spurs explicitly said Davis Bertans needs a slower recovery from knee injury.

"Despite the fact that rehabilitation is very good, the request to delay came from the San Antonio Spurs. Instead of six months, he will be missing four to eight months more. Probably in March he will be ready and able to play," said Partizan coach Dusko Vujošević.

For the Spurs to delay Davis' timetable to return to the court is telling. They want him fully recovered and perhaps this is a sign they have a keen interest in his future of the franchise.

Bertans was drafted by the Pacers in the 2011 NBA draft but was traded to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the deal that sent Kawhi Leonard to the Spurs in exchange for George Hill.