Have the Spurs promised the 29th pick to Davis Bertans?

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That’s the rumor anyway.

There was a post on SpursTalk that ESPN.com’s Chad Ford mentioned the Spurs made a promise to Davis Bertans, the 6’10” small forward out of Latvia, that they would draft him with the 29th pick, but there was no link to back it up.

And now, according to DraftExpress, that is indeed the story. If Bertans is available when the Spurs go on the clock, that is. DraftExpress has Bertans going 26th to the Mavs in their mock draft.

Bertans is rumored to have a promise at No. 29 from San Antonio, but that won’t stop Dallas from taking him if they like him.

Ford’s latest mock draft has the Spurs selecting Bertans at 29 (ESPN Insider story).

And for good measure, here’s everything DraftExpress has on Bertans.

Stay tuned for more over the next couple of days leading up to Thursday night’s draft.

  • Sam

    I understand at first that’s what I thought too. But it all depends if the Spurs are planning for the future. If that’s the case then I would think the Spurs would draft a pg if this trade occurs. Also in no mock draft have I seen Enes Kanter dropping to pick 5 or pick 7. He might be there at the 4th pick. I would guess the Spurs would look more than just a pick maybe another player or two with the 4th, 5th, or 7th pick. Honestly no one knows what the Spurs are gonna do but the safest bet is they will definitely do something on draft day. I would love to be able to trade anyone not named Tony Parker for a lottery pick in the #10-#14 for Chris Singleton.

  • Sam

    I wouldn’t mind Ed Davis and the #5 pick for Tony. Then we could definitely make a run at Nene.

  • Sam

    I wouldn’t mind Ed Davis and the #5 pick for Tony. Then we could definitely make a run at Nene.

  • jacobd

    Our front office would speak out publicly regarding a specific draft prospect that late in the draft (where we find gems)? All the hard work that other teams know we put into our selection criteria …. Sure teams think out loud to their needs and wants in the draft. But to tell this guy “we want you at 29″ and have it publicized … I dont know

  • Bruno

    Spurs should draft Dario Saric, 6-10 SF, very skilled, 17 years old…

  • DorieStreet

    Reports, rumors, stories are coming in every few hours now—and this is just for our team.

    Like someone stated before, it may be someone in Bertans’ family or innner circle, his agent.
    One of the draft websites stated he was going to withdraw from the draft along with Nikola Mirotic; then they both changed their minds.

  • TD BestEVER

    YES…….. Matt Toronto should be able to take Tony if they wanted too……but because we are way over the cap….we would have to take back equal $$$ which would screw everything…… And the trade exception I believe is only for the 1 year…….But Ed Davis and an expiring Contract that we can buy out would be perfect along side a top 10 pick……

  • TD BestEVER

    1st I will support any team I want…..I have been with the Spurs for a long time and they have changed who they are and what they stood for……And I’m not gonna let them forget it…..EVER!!!!!!

    2nd, saying that you would rather take a chance on a Euro kid over an American is nuts……. there have been several AMERICAN kids taken after our picks these last few years who have made more of an impact than our Imported players……. Look it up…….. This kid at best would be Peja/Turkoglu…….not all that great….and at worst Novak…….. we already have that position filled with Bonner……. stop drafting the same players because of what they might become…… draft what the team needs NOW……front court help and hope they become a good/great player………

    You see it’s not enough to take a chance on a Euro player……he needs to be able to play the 4/5 and he needs to be able to come stateside right away…….. Players don’t Mature fast enough overseas……. They need to be brought over to get a feel for the BEST LEAGUE in the world instead of them abusing 4th an 5th rate talent

  • TD BestEVER

    “How could you say something about the Spurs drafting International
    players because of their financial situation? That is pathetic. Last
    time I checked Donald Sterling isn’t running the Spurs.”

    Easy if you get an American player, you have to pay him right away……. you can stash a Euro guy over seas for the nest 3 years and never have to pay him a dime……. So it saves the FO money…….. But saving money can’t always be your goal……..It cost money to develop players, and it why wait 3 years and sign Splitter for 3 million when you can sign James Anderson for 1.5million and get him right away……..

    The American players will develop faster because they have been stateside LONGER…… Even if they play in the NBDL(The best league for developing NBA level talent) that’s still better……..

  • a non o mus

    misinformation.. with the success that spurs have had at late first round picks, maybe another team ahead will fall for it and pick up bertans instead. meh if draftexpress predicted spurs would pick a bag of doritos, someone ahead in the draft will do just that.
    if anyone knows this team and its FO is that they never show their cards and carry a good poker face

  • TD BestEVER

    This is a fun situation…….. Minn has 3 PF’s and are projected to pick Williams with the number 2 pick…….. We can possibly get back in on Randolph…… or get Beasley or someone……. A 3 team deal sending TP to the Kings or Atlanta should net us one of these players………If we can do that….I think we are right back in the mix for a title……. At least TALENT wise

  • Tim in Surrey

    A lot has been made of Tyler as a “head case” and all. But he’s worth a look. He was only 16, I believe, when he decided to play in Israel and he never really received an opportunity, so he quit part way through the season. This year he played in Japan for our very own Bob Hill and word is that he has looked good, although still a bit raw, and is interviewing very well. I’ve read several anonymous quotes from NBA execs that he impressed them with his maturity. Considering that two years ago he was ranked as the best prospect in his class (which included Kyrie Irving, Jared Sullinger, and Harrison Barnes), he’s a hell of a talent. At #29 he would be a good bet, although so would Bertans, it seems.

  • Tim in Surrey

    Dorie, I’m with MSteele. I think you’re doing a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking here. The fact is that no team has had as much success drafting in the bottom of the first round the past few years as the Spurs have. And in fact, their draft record in the mid-20s is actually better than quite a few teams that are typically in the lottery. In the last four drafts they’ve gotten four rotation players: Splitter, Hill, Blair, and Anderson. That alone there puts them ahead of the majority of teams in the league, regardless of how someone like Ryan Richards might pan out.

    I won’t get into the we-coulda-been-a-contender talk because that sort of thing is pure science fiction. (And bad science fiction at that. Anybody remember the “what if the Roman Empire survived into the 20th century” episode of Star Trek? God that was terrible…) Anyway, what happened happened. Let’s look ahead to 2012 and beyond!

  • Tim in Surrey

    We all knew Tony was right. But I think they want to trade him because they need to start rebuilding and he’s their best trade asset. I think Pop is secure enough to handle Tony.

  • TD BestEVER

    Tony was and is right…..POP and Co are just trying to keep fans in the seats and make money……… A bunch of Hustler’s

  • Rob

    From:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Au8ZK6RLvdn2hgW8dlo0JQy8vLYF?slug=aw-wojnarowski_tony_parker_spurs_nba_draft_062111

    If it goes down, I’d hope it would be the Kings.  At the end of the season I thought the Kings would be the best team to trade with.  These two proposals first came to mind (both involving Evans)
    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=3wtjl99  or http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=3te4tya

    Thompson has long been “unhappy” in Sacremento while it seems Buford has always coveted Casspi.  Casspi’s numbers are very similar to Jeffersons.  If Casspi is the target, I would look for the Spurs to shop Jefferson as well.  Personally, I really like Sasha Vojacic.  If any deal happens that allows the Spurs to have the revenue to land him, I’d like that to happen.

    Interesting to say the least.  All the talk of trading Parker and this report seems to have some teeth.

  • Rob

    Regarding CBA talks.

    “The league offered more details about their proposal, which would set
    a $62 million salary limit for all teams that could be exceeded by
    teams re-signing their own players to contracts (Larry Bird Rule) and
    mid-level exception contracts.

    This plan would set a median for salaries for all 30 teams at $62
    million, and if the total aggregrate salaries exceeds that amount, the
    players would financially be obligated to make up the difference. The
    plan is similar to what is currently used by the NHL.”

    Read more: http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/214247/Owners_Offer_Flex_Cap_In_CBA_Meeting#ixzz1Q0RHO9FG

    How would this work? …”the
    players would financially be obligated to make up the difference.”

  • Bob

    I think there shouldn’t be an overreaction as far as trades are concerned. Trades affect chemistry and it takes time for the new players to buy into to the coach’s system, especially the Spurs system. Also, Popovich has shown a reluctance to change the system to fit the personnel.

    The biggest problem last year was the defense. The Spurs defensive efficiency was 11th. The offense was fine. The Spurs were close to first in offensive efficiency. Getting
    better defensively is going to help alot more than just trading for more
    average defensive players who can score. That said if the focus had been
    on defense this year I think this roster could have done much better.
    Playing Splitter and Anderson/Green would have certainly helped improve
    the defense. I think if you are going to trade you have to trade for
    players that help defensively.

    Defensively the Spurs might need at least one more wing that can cover players like Wade and Lebron. Right now all they have are Ginobili and Jefferson. Anderson/Green could possibly fill this role. They also need a big who can cover a player like Randolph or Gasol. Right now all they have are Duncan and Splitter.

  • TrueFan

    I’m also a fan of Bogdanovic, particularly if they can get him in the 2nd round.  But should the Spurs spend another pick on a SG / undersized-SF when that is already the deepest (and youngest) position?  If they pick a SG, I would expect them to grab Adam Hanga who is probably not as good a shooter as Bogdanovic, but has a nice combination of slashing and shooting ability, projects as a better defender than Bogdanovic, and will almost definitely be available at #59.  I also like David Lighty — he looks to be a great “glue” guy, but I doubt he’ll slide to #59.

  • TrueFan

    I’m with you, Tim.  This kid initially seemed like he was nothing but a punk, but he definitely seems to have grown up.  Maybe it’s just a case of him saying all the right things because he knows his NBA career is on the line, but I think he will excel in the right situation.  As you mentioned, he was once the top prospect in his class.  With some mentoring from Tim Duncan (and maybe even David Robinson), this could be a real turn-around story and a heck of a steal for the Spurs.  Unfortunately, I think he’s impressed enough teams that he’ll go in the early-mid 20’s.  But if the Spurs really want to get him, maybe they could work a deal for Minnesota’s 18th, which would allow Minnesota to take a draft-and-stash player (such as Mirotic) with the 29th.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    I think Tyler might still be a bit of a punk. http://lockerz.com/s/109801090

  • TrueFan

    Yikes. No doubt the Spurs have done their homework on him.  Also, I meant to refer to Minnesota’s 20th pick above (Washington has the 18th).

  • Titletown99030507d

    Yes, thats my pick also. Singleton with defensive skills and so much upside to be a great player in this league. 

  • Titletown99030507d

    Your not getting any better than a Euro in this draft. There are about 7 decent college kids that can help you right away. Two of those probably will be game changers for their teams. After that (after pick 10) you have another handful of Euros that can contribute and two of those could be game changers for their teams as well. So after pick 10 or 13 its primarily a college kid that will warm your bench for most of his career or a draft and stash Euro. Take your pick. For me if they are getting that radical as to trading Tony I would send him to Cleveland take Baron Davis and take their 1st or 4th pick and draft Enes Kanter or Derrick Williams. Anything after that its not worth doing. And if they pull the trigger on that deal I would also look to moving our 29th pick to say around 11-13 and find a team to trade RJ and filler to get that  pick to draft Chris Singleton, Biyombo, or Klay Thompson.  But if they stick with their 29th I would look to see if the Warriors would part with Andris Biedrins for RJ and Blair. I’d rather give them Bonner but don’t think they’d do it. The money wouldnt work if Bonner was in the mix. So if they’re are going to get radical and start trading people like Tony then I would move RJ and filler to get another big and move up if possible. 

  • Titletown99030507d

    Put it through the trade machine TD I’d like to see the three way.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Will he be there with the Spurs 2nd round pick?

  • Titletown99030507d

    Will he be there with the Spurs 2nd round pick?

  • Titletown99030507d

    With the 10th it would land us Biyobmo or Singleton.

  • Jason

    Ya what’s up with Pop and RC trying to keep this team competitive? Its all a scam to get us to watch…. DUH

  • Bry

    Yeah, what a con. Just look how they always win 50 games and got the top seed last season. You guys must be joking.

  • Bry

    You just answered your own question. The Spurs, like they always do, have a very late pick. And in a weak draft to boot. The conspiracy theory that the Spurs front-office is obsessed with ‘draft and stash’ is BS. Considering how low their picks have been, they’ve got the best draft record of the past ten years.

  • DorieStreet

    This isn’t Monday morning quarterbacking. I didn’t like the draft now, bring player over later (much later in some cases) from when they started with Luis Scola.  A 5-year wait—and you couldn’t come to terms.
    Mahinmi- a 2 year wait– and he plays 32 games in 3 seasons, with one of them in the DLeague. Splitter–waited 3 years, and then didn’t make him part of the regular rotation so he could contribute in the playoffs.
    When will de Colo and Richards be ready.

    We all know this a crafty  method of acquiring the rights of personnel with potential but not saddled with paying them compensation while they continue their international pro careers (and get paid by them). But are they really getting better playing in leagues subpar to the NBA?

    And you make a case for me when you mention Hill,  Blair and Anderson-drafted in June, on the roster and in uniform opening night the very next season, contributing to the team’s continued success, although it has been muted with the early playoff exits.
    I’m always looking ahead to each season, every season–but it doesn’t extend to players under the Spurs rights, but not in a Spurs’ uniform.

  • Keshava

    Bertans is very much a potential pick and if he is left to develop for 2 years in Europe he could really add to his game. A positive comp for him would be Peja Stojakovic, who was drafted at 19 and spent 2 years in Greece developing. Now, after several injuries he’s a relatively washed up shooter who can’t guard anyone, but from 99-05 he was a quality player who made 3 All-Star teams, was 4th in MVP voting (04) and 4th in all time 3PTs made. If Bertans came close to that, he would be great value at 29. What he and Peja have in common apart from their shooting stroke is excellent size at SF as well as good court vision/off-ball movement.

  • PR_Spur

    So you prefer the Spurs draft someone who will be out of the league after his rookie contract is up?? I don’t love draft & stash but most of the time is the correct move at the end of the first round if there’s nobody you love…

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