ESPN projects Bertans to get Wizards-friendly deal in free agency originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
ESPN has posted projections for how much money each free agent will earn in NBA free agency and their estimate for Davis Bertans could be seen as good news for the Wizards.
Front office insider Bobby Marks asked around the league for input from front office executives as part of his research. He is also himself a former NBA assistant general manager. So, the number isn't entirely a guess.
And for Bertans, he says $12-14 million. That would be lower than most projections, including ones reported by NBC Sports Washington from league sources, which have him in the $15-20 million range.
One thing that could lower Bertans' number is the uncertainty over league finances, which have been affected in a variety of ways by the coronavirus. The league lost games and box office revenue, as fans weren't allowed to attend the restart in Orlando.
Basically, there could be less money to go around. We don't yet know what the 2020-21 salary cap will be.
Bertans, though, is expected to receive interest from some of the teams with the most cap room available this offseason. The Knicks, Suns and Hawks are planning to reach out.
The Wizards can exceed the salary cap with Bertans' new contract, as they have his Bird Rights. He is, however, an unrestricted free agent.
If Bertans ends up making, say, $13 million annually, that would make things a bit more manageable for the Wizards, who have to build a roster around big contracts owed to John Wall and Bradley Beal.