In an interview with SportaCentrs.com, Davis Bertans, who recently signed a new three-year deal with Saski Baskonia, commented on why he chose to sign with Baskonia, where he stands with the San Antonio Spurs’ organization, and where he wants to focus on the court in his time with Baskonia.
Bertans says the decision to sign with Baskonia was more for basketball reasons rather than for financial reasoning. Bertans wants to work under new Baskonia head coach Marco Crespi, and he also mentioned how he’ll be playing in the Spanish ACB League, as well as the Euroleague with Baskonia.
As for where he stands with the Spurs, Bertans expects he’ll be making the leap to the NBA sometime in the next two seasons.
“I think they count on me as a player in the next two years.”
Bertans said the Spurs were supportive of him signing with Baskonia because they’ve had a respectable relationship with the club before, when Tiago Splitter played there, while they’re also monitoring 2011 draftee Adam Hanga currently in Baskonia. Bertans also stated that his contract with Baskonia has an NBA-opt out after each season.
In his discussions with Coach Crespi, Bertans says he’s 95% sure he’ll be playing the small forward position with Baskonia, but he’ll also play some time at the power forward spot. When asked about some of the Spurs’ current players on the roster, Bertans said with San Antonio, you have to be able to play multiple positions, not just one central position.
On his summer, Bertans said he flew to Santa Barbara, California for physical tests, then trained with the Spurs’ Summer League team in Las Vegas, but didn’t play in the games. Bertans says he’ll return to San Antonio to work with the Spurs’ trainers individually before heading to Spain for preseason camp with Baskonia.
The article is quite lengthy and has more information on Bertans’ past seasons with his former team Partizan Belgrade, and why he did not participate with Latvian National team this summer.
The Spurs acquired Bertans’ draft rights in 2011, when they traded point guard George Hill for Kawhi Leonard.