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.

  • http://regularfan.blogspot.com/ Humberto

    well, he’s pretty young and has talent. At 29 if he’s there, why not?

  • DNITCH24

    If this pick is promised to him does that rule out any trade options or possibilities comes draft day?

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

    Not at all.

  • ZeusVizzle

    So, Andrew, do you absolutely believe that the first pick by the Spurs will be an international player?

    Also, by that point in the draft (our 29th pick) do you presume the Spurs will have already made a major trade?

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

    I would imagine a Euro. Instead of going with someone who is extremely limited, but can play right away, at 29 I figure they would draft someone who can be better down the road. As far as trades, anything could happen between now and Thursday.

  • ZeusVizzle

    Thanks for the insight.

    I usually try to think straight the week of the draft, but somehow I always transform into a giddy schoolgirl who needs someone logical to slap me silly.

    At any rate, I think Bertans seems a bit one-dimensional for a player his size, and also a bit of a chucker that would fit with a D’Antonian school of thought. I like Mirotic as a more versatile big, or even Bogdanovic as a player who seems to be (at least through some grainy highlight tapes) somewhat comparable to a young Manu who can slash to the rim, drop dribbles through defenders’ legs and step back for 3. I seriously think all three of them are at play at 29 for the Spurs. However, if there is an unforeseen drop of another college or international star (Chris Singleton, Donatas Motiejunas, etc) then I fully expect the Spurs to pick them.

  • Jeffrichbourg

    Is there no big out there that could play right away for a little inside toughness? Is Tiago presumed to be that guy? Seems to me that was the missing piece when it came down to the playoffs.

  • Len

    There have been mock drafts with the Spurs picking Jeremy Tyler at 29th, if available.  He definitely has size (6-11, 260) but he’s the guy that dropped out of high school and has had two sub par years overseas.  

    I do not see the Spurs picking up Motiejunas.  He has been getting blasted for his lack of interior rebounding or defense.  I see no need for Matt Bonner 2.0.  

    It’ll be interesting.

  • Kornbread

    I kind of thought the Spurs might trade out of the first round for a high second round pick.  

    Maybe McDyess’s contract and our first round pick for Cleveland’s second (32) and Ramon Sessions. Then turn around and trade George Hill for Taj Gibson (+ cash).

    That gives the team an extra front court player and a legit backup point guard, and removes the guaranteed contract of a first round pick.  With the second round pick they can go for best available depth; maybe grab a Euro (maybe Bertans or Mirotic).

  • Kornbread

    Maybe something can be worked out with Minnesota involving Jefferson for Beasley?  

    Minn could use a vet and I can see W Johnson being more of an offensive factor (plus whoever the #2 is). Jefferson could use a fresh start and we all know the Spurs need a scorer.

  • DorieStreet

    We throw in Matt Bonner and they give us the center Nikola Pekovic as well. Can the Spurs proffesionalism and culture turn around Beasley? Is Pekovic someone that will blossom with a winning franchise?

  • Rob

    It’s not popular but, there doesn’t seem to be a player unless someone like Singleton drops that would be better than to draft and stash.

    I’m sure they are busy inquiring about several trade ideas but, even at that, the Spurs don’t have that many options to get a player of immediate impact.

    So, don’t be too upset if nothing happens this year and the Spurs role into next season pat with it’s existing roster.

  • Ben Redwine

    Why publicly state we are committing to a player to pick them?  Doesn’t this reveal our hand and validate another team’s desire to take him earlier or make another team think they should trade up for him if they want him bad enough?

  • Kornbread

    There was no public statement from anyone. There is speculation that he stayed in the draft because he has a guarantee from a team that he will be picked in the first round. People are just trying to guess who that may have come from (if that’s the case).

  • DorieStreet

    And that’s why the Spurs are in this situation today—continuing with the Euro draft and stash has left this team aging, short and thin in the frontcourt’

    Well, we should have seen this coming, with Pop saying it was the late season injuries (Manu, Tim) and bad play that kept the Spurs from a long playoff run, versus the squad talent not being good enough.

  • Rob

    Yeah, I thought the same.  When have the Spurs ever publicly mentioned their intentions towards any player.  This doesn’t sound “official” rather more in the line of “hear say”.  But read all the “rumors” listed in all the sites…they go from one report saying this to, 10 minutes later, some team mentioned in that report saying there’s nothing to the “rumor”.

    Just a way to keep one’s interest up and continued visitation to their site.  After all, throw enough crap against the wall, something’s bound to stick and you soon forget about all the b.s. that didn’t being so enthralled that something being listed actually is what it is.

  • Ruben Fonseca

    DraftExpress:
    “Unless he finds a NBA team that will guarantee
    selecting him in the first round by the early-entry pullout deadline
    (4:59 EST, June 13th) he will withdraw his name from the draft and try
    again next year or beyond.”

  • Titletown99030507d

    A skinny Winter Shoes.

  • Len

    Check out some video footage of this kid.  He reminds me of AK47.  He can take it strong to the hole if the defender closes out too far.  He always seems to have a knack for blocking people at the rim.  

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i39z7z-2FvQ

    I dunno.  Maybe patience will pay off and the Spurs will have a killer front court of Splitter, Richards and Bertrans in 2015.

  • MSteele_in_Éire

    I’ve learned from our FO, that if rumour has it that he’s going to us, then we’ll probably do something totally in the other direction.
    I read that he’s grew 8 inches in the last 2 years so it will probably take a couple of years for him to fill his body out. I also heard an interview where he said that he has no post game but it’s something he wants to develop. Lets not forget that he is only 18. So he has a lot of time to develop and maybe even grow some more, so lets not label him ‘Winter Shoes’ just yet. Ahh well, we probably won’t even draft him and it won’t matter anyways.

  • idahospur

    I think my 3-year-old may have more meat on his bones than this guy. More facial hair too?

    Very excited for draft night.

  • MSteele_in_Éire

    Let’s not forget where the Spurs have been picking Dorie. We’ve consistently been picking in the late 20s. I’ve looked through the last couple of drafts and the amount of players who have been drafted in the mid-to-late 20s. Those who came in and performed straight away for playoff teams can be counted on one hand.

    In 2010 Landry Fields – 39th pick, Greivis Vasquez – 28th pick.
    In 2009 Dejuan – 37th pick, Dante Cunningham – 33rd pick, Gibson – 26th pick.
    In 2008 Hill – 26th pick & Batum – 25th pick.have developed into good players but the didn’t contribute straight away.
    In 2007 No one came in and contributed straight away on playoff teams.

    My point from all this is that, where we are picking there are very few players who can come in and contribute straight away. The euro draft and stash allows us to pick up players who are more talented than those going before them but will take a few years to get here. Then with the extra roster spaces we can surround our core 3 guys with more NBA ready players through free agency. 

    It’s funny cause I agree with Pop. If we were healthy I genuinely think we could have won it all. The sad truth is we are never fully healthy going into the playoffs. We could have beat Mem with a healthy Manu and Splitter in the rotation instead of Blair. Playing against OKC who have no post threat would have suited us a lot better. I genuinely think we would have beat Dallas, because we know them so well. But then again Miami would have gave us all sorts of problems. Miami showed you don’t have to have a huge frontline to challenge for a title. Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda didn’t win the war… ahh what could have been.

  • DorieStreet

    Agreed. 2 days and 3 hours untl the draft—–might as well pass on all the rumors and predictions —-forget about reading and looking up anything and wait until Thursday evening 7 pm.

  • DorieStreet

    MSteele_in_Eire ===It seems to me you are walking both sides of the street

    “We’ve consistently been picking in the late 20s.” That is going to happen when you win 50+ games for 12 seasons (and counting) straight and wiln 4 NBA titles along the way. The FO knows they will be picking after all the ‘can’t miss/top notch college’ / international talaent will off the board—the scouts have to really look and research what players that wlll be left are NBA quality in terms  of ability, drive, and potential to get better.

    “Its funny cause I agree with Pop. If we were healthy I genuinely think we could have won it all.”
    So what was Pop’s rationale for sitting Manu (Tim & Tony too) in the next to last game, then playing them in the last game the next night?

    “We could have beat Mem with a healthy Manu and Splitter in the rotation instead of Blair.”
    Too many contradictions around Tiago. Playing and contributing in Nov & Dec. Then he gets hurt in Jan—but aft[er he is healed (when??) he is out of his {limited}  rotation for the  rest of the season. Some fans say  he got left out because  the team was rolling.
    What better circumstance to give and play a rookie minutes when you have an outstanding season record—1 – ONE — 2 game losing streak through the first four months of the season? Splitter not playing down the stretch is the coach’s fault. We waited for him 3 seasons after he was drafted –2007– a 25yo with  a decade of pro basketball experience.

    Many fans said we needed more height and athlecism in the frontcourt to help come playoffs–and no move was made.Granted, Blair got fat and lost focus–we essentially cut our rotation from 9 to 8 because he digressed.
    If the Spurs really think this squad came up short because of injury and bad play at playoff time—then make some moves and get a SF/PF to replace Jefferson and Bonner.
    They should have stepped up (along with Parker) when Manu got hurt, but they flamed out. Tim needs help/ his performance on the night of his 35th birthday is proof enough.

  • DorieStreet

    So in your opinion, Duncans’s last year is just a formailty===ode to one of our greatest players, but no real zeal/drive to get him a 5th title.
    Re-emerge after this CBA gets settled; see how good the new favorites are (Heat/ Thunder) and put together a team to challenge them.

  • DorieStreet

    So basically 2011-12– shortened or truncated– is a farewell tour for Timmy.

  • DorieStreet

    Nothing more.

  • DorieStreet

    I am too—-are the Spurs really looking to be ready to remain an NBA elite/powerhouse that wins titles after Duncan retires– or settle back to be middle of the pack?

  • Lvmainman

    Best case scenario as Mike Dunleavy, worst case Steve Novak according to Draftexpress.com.

    Really??? Can’t the Spurs aspire for someone that can help now?

    I’m with ZeusVizzle. Draft Chris Singleton, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jimmy Butler or somebody that can help the Spurs now.

    Unfortunately, Popovich won’t play them as shown by Hill and Splitter.

  • DorieStreet

    Euro draft and stash–after #20 –way back in 1999 -  and #9 – who joined the team immediately after he was drafted in 2001–
    What has this method garnered  the team?

  • DorieStreet

    If it’s another Euro draft and stash/ Davis Bertrans or Nikola Mirotic (not the Nokola from USC Trojans) then the Spurs are just sitting back and waiting until after 2011-12 -  post Duncan.

  • Lvmainman

    Davis Bertans, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Singler, Matt Howard, etc. Can we please stay away from these no defense, no rebounding type players? We’ve got Bonner and Blair already.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Good shooter. Needs to pack on some serious weight. Burriiittoooos!

  • Titletown99030507d

    Just under an hour ago reports are that Tony is being shopped to get to 4, 5, or 7th pick. OH NOOOO!

  • Titletown99030507d

    This came out of New York.

  • Titletown99030507d

    It doesn’t make sense that its coming out of new york because the Knicks have the 17th pick. We’ll see.

  • MSteele_in_Éire

    “So in your opinion, Duncans’s last year is just a formailty===ode to one of our greatest players, but no real zeal/drive to get him a 5th title.”How did you pull this theory out of my post? My point was that this kid is young and he shouldn’t be judged yet because he hasn’t developed into a full-grown man yet. If you are depending on the 29th pick in the draft to come to SA and contribute straight away then you are in for  big shock. Look above the amount of rookies, who were picked 25 or later, who have come in and contributed for a playoff team. It could be limited to five in the last four years. The draft won’t shape what we do next season, what we can do on the trade front will. Unless RC & Co do something extremely special, we will be going into next post-season (if we get there) measuring ourselves against those teams. Better get used to it.

  • TD BestEVER

    Blair does rebound…………..

  • TD BestEVER

    I agree totally with DorieStreet on most of his post here…… This is a horrible and gutless way to reward the greatest player to put on a  SA Jersey…….. POP and Co have rode the cheap championship streak as long as the could and are now just gonna sit on the sideline and hope for another miracle…….. GUTLESS……. they are drafting these players because of their financial situation, they don’t want American players that they have to pay right away, but players that they can pay in a few years…… How Pathetic……. we might as well just get read to cheer for another team to win it all next year……….We won’t even get close………..

  • Titletown99030507d

    So in essence Tony was right and now they want to trade him for saying it.

  • Titletown99030507d

    So in essence Tony was right and now they want to trade him for saying it.

  • Hobson13

    “It’s funny cause I agree with Pop. If we were healthy I genuinely think we could have won it all.”Nonsense.  Let’s not get carried away with the 61 wins and forget what was really happening.  We were the Phoenix Suns East last year.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  Numerous people on this board (myself included) were greatly disturbed about our porous defense, lack of a true center (besides Splitter whom Pop refused to play)  and on the incessant reliance of the 3pt shot which generally fades in the post season.  Sure, we probably would have gotten by the Grizz with a healthy Manu, but what about the Thunder and then the Mavs?  No.  Mark my words, if we do not make a significant trade to either bring in good young talent or another all-star caliber player, last year will prove to be the high-water mark for the Spurs title chances and the next few years will be a slow, but steady decline across the board.

  • MSteele_in_Éire

    Well then go and support another team. No if they draft this kid it’s because he has higher potential than a lot of other guys in this draft class. He’s 18 and hasn’t finished growing. He’s 6’10.5 in shoes and he can shoot the lights out. Who knows,what if he turns out like Stojakovic? Hell he could turn out to be like Yawn but his potential is high. And due to the fact we’re at 29 I don’t really care which way we go because when your picking so late it’s an even bigger lottery than the lottery. I would rather take the risk on a European player who has high potential than an American kid who can play straight away but has a lower ceiling. 

  • Sam

    There’s absolutely NO WAY I’m trading Parker if I’m the Spurs unless its the 4th pick. Then draft Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker for the future. I would rather go with Kemba because he is so passionate about the game and his defense is very good because of his speed.

  • Sam

    So many people have been criticizing the FO, it’s just ridiculous. We have possibly the best FO in the league and you’re doubting them? Any report that comes out on the Spurs wanting to draft or trading someone NEVER happens. In fact usually the opposite happens. 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.

  • Anonymous

    Just because you don’t agree with my opinion, doesn’t make it nonsense. I think a healthy Manu changes a lot actually. He was our best player last season and he was badly hurt for the playoffs. What if Dirk (or even Terry) had a fractured arm, I don’t think Dallas are getting past Portland  if Dirk/Terry had an injury like Manu’s.
    I agree we need to make a significant trade. Our most glaring issue is a starting 4. We could look at getting Bass, Tyrus Thomas or Diaw (I know, I know just throwing out suggestions). Or maybe we could package Blair, Hill, RJ & picks and see what we can get. Just some thoughts but I don’t want to trade Tony. 

  • Sam

    *Sigh* and the Parker trade rumor’s have officially became reports. I’m not buying any of this unless it happens.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2011/news/story?id=6689841

  • ronald

    I thought Kanter would’ve been the logical choice. As much as I don’t like Hill at the 1 spot, Pop seems to be enamored enough with him to let him have the reins of the team, especially considering that Manu handles the ball so much.

  • Lvmainman

    Why would the Spurs be talking to the Raptors or Kings?? Those are the 2 teams with the least amount of talent in the NBA.

    These rumors have to be a bunch of baloney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Rominger/8338958 Matt Rominger

    So maybe some of you guys had heard about tony for lottery rumors. IF so, I have questions. Can Toronto absorb Tonys contract from the Bosh Trade exception? Second, If they could wouldn’t that make sense to get like maybe Amir Johnson or Ed Davis, and the # 5 Pick, for Tony make sense? Maybe draft a SF or PG with the #5. With that available cap space could we make like a run at Greg Oden, Nene, or Chandler? If possible I would do that in a heartbeat.