We’re racing to the trade deadline, and what appears to be one of Boston’s primary targets – Davis Bertans – could reportedly be had for two first round picks.
Washington's demand for Davis Bertans is two first-round picks, per league sources. Bertans will be an unrestricted free agent and the Wizards would like to re-sign him if they keep him. The Celtics one of multiple playoff teams with interest in acquiring Bertans.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) February 6, 2020
This might appear to be a steep price for an unrestricted free agent, but Davis Bertans adds a lot to multiple areas of need for Boston. For one, he adds size. For two, he adds shooting. What are Boston’s biggest needs ahead of the deadline? You guessed it – size and shooting. Naturally, it’s easy to say that Boston should get him, but is he worth the asking price?
Boston could have up to 3 first round picks this year. They also could have 12 guaranteed contracts going into next season. Would a package centered around the Milwaukee Bucks’ pick and Boston’s own first rounder this year be an overpay? Maybe not when considering Boston’s team needs, current position in the Eastern Conference and roster situation.
Bertans will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but there’s also potential that he could go the Andre Iguodala route and extend his contract as a condition for the trade. Adding another year would help with mitigating the cost of two first round picks. It’s unlikely, but it’s a possibility.
Boston has a little over an hour to figure out all of the details. Will this get done? Maybe. Do you want to give up two first rounders and matching salary for Davis Bertans? Let us know in the comments.