Even after acquiring CJ Miles in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies last night the Wizards still aren’t satisfied with their three point shooting depth and have acquired Davis Bertans in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski explains that the Spurs needed to free up cap space in order to complete DeMarre Carroll’s new three year, $21 million deal. The Wizards will send the draft rights of draft-and-stash player Aaron White to the Brooklyn Nets to complete the three team trade.
Bertans, 26, is one of the best three point big men in the league after knocking down 42.9% of his threes last season. In 76 games, Bertans complied eight points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Bertans will likely have a large role in the offense coming off the bench after the recent departures of Bobby Portis and Trevor Ariza and the expected departures of Jabari Parker and Sam Dekker.
The Wizards will now be right at the luxury-tax line but they could just miss it if they waive Jonathon Simmons who they acquired on draft night from the 76ers before his contract becomes fully guaranteed.
Tommy Sheppard has appeared to be given the full reign of President of Basketball Ops. after turning over most of the roster since taking over for Ernie Grunfeld this off-season.
So far, Sheppard has acquired Ish Smith and Isaiah Thomas via free agency. He’s also traded for young talent in Mo Wagner, Issac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones.
Sheppard has also seen the value in second round picks unlike his predecessor who would freely trade away second rounders for players who would spend half a season or so in Washington. Sheppard has acquired three second picks including one on draft night where the Wizards selected Admiral Schofield.
Sheppard’s biggest move was likely re-signing Thomas Bryant to a three-year deal, team friendly deal after he blossomed for the Wizards last season.
Sheppard has started a culture shift in the Wizards front office while realizing this year’s team likely won’t win more than 41 games. Sheppard has realized what young talent means to a franchise in terms of depth and development. Sheppard has added depth to the Wizards lineup which is something we almost never saw from Grunfeld.