Davis Bertans inks 3-year deal with Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
After a couple weeks of uncertainty, Spurs draftee Davis Bertans has found a new home. Laboral Kuxta Vitoria, also known as Saski Baskonia, announced early Saturday they’ve signed Bertans to a 3-year deal (H/T Sportando). Baskonia didn’t make the terms known, but Sportando is reporting it’s for a little less than two million Euros with NBA outs after each season.
A lot of people might freak out because this is the club that the Spurs had so many problems negotiating buyouts with Tiago Splitter and Luis Scola when they were known as Tao Ceramica, but those were two of the best big men in Europe. Bertans is a very promising player, but he’s not what Splitter and Scola were when the Spurs were trying to bring over. Having said that, this is a big step for Bertans. He’s moving to the second best league in the world and his shooting ability should allow him to get some minutes right away. The total money in his contract also suggests his buyout shouldn’t be any larger than the $600,000 NBA teams are allowed to contribute to international buyouts.
Additionally, a separate Sportando report said the Spurs specifically asked Bertans to be paired with new Baskonia head coach Marco Crespi. It’s clear San Antonio played a part in this move and we should take this as the next step in him coming to the league, whether it be next summer or a little farther in the future. I had a conversation with a scout for a Western Conference team and he said he thinks Bertans is going to be a good NBA player and has the potential to be really good.
Bertans and 2013 first round pick Livio Jean-Charles have been in Las Vegas all week working out with the Summer League Spurs. It’s Bertans’ third summer in the United States with the team. Bertans will also join fellow 2011 draft pick Adam Hanga, who will be entering his second season with the team.
Ryan Richards headed back to Austria
Another European prospect, Ryan Richards, was not with the Spurs during the last half of Summer League. That’s because he’s agreed to a deal with BC Zepter Wien in Austria. This is a team Richards has played for in the past and had some success with, so hopefully it’ll bring some consistency to his career. Unless something drastic happens, however, I wouldn’t count on ever seeing him in a Spurs jersey. Stranger things have happened though.