Player who won’t last the entire 2022-23 season with Dallas Mavericks: 2. Davis Bertans
The Mavs acquired Bertans in the deal that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Washington. The 6’10 sharpshooter can make any jumper, but that is his lone NBA skill. He will struggle to crack the rotation this season after the Mavericks added Christian Wood and JaVale McGee in the frontcourt.
Bertans is on one of the worst contracts in the NBA. He has two years and $38 million left on his deal and that includes a $5 million buyout in the summer of 2024. Bertans can trigger a $16 million option for the 2024-25 season if he plays in 75 percent of the team’s regular-season games in the 2023-24 campaign.
Dallas would love to trade Bertans, but finding a trade partner will be difficult. The 6’10 forward will be viewed as an expiring contract next season, but this year, teams think twice about acquiring the 29-year-old.
At last year’s deadline, Nico Harrison and the Mavs traded an unwanted contract for an unwanted contract as they sent Kristaps Porzingis to Washington for Bertans and Spencer Dinwiddie. They could look to do something similar or just package Bertans with multiple players to acquire a high-paid option.
Davis Bertans will be in plenty of trade talks this season, especially if he does not crack the Mavericks' nightly rotation, and he may not last the entire year in Dallas.