OKC Thunder Player Agrees To Give Up Potential $16M Guarantee For Next Season

In a rare mid-season contract revision, Oklahoma City Thunder veteran forward  Davis Bertans will no longer be guaranteed $16M next season if he plays in 75% of the team's games. Bertans has agreed to remove the clause that would have triggered the big guarantee from his contract.

Instead, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Bertans' minimum salary guarantee for next season has increased from $5 million to $5.25 million. Considering he's played in just five of the Thunder's 17 games thus far heading into Thursday night, perhaps it's understandable why he took the $250,000 extra money in the bank, rather than try to meet a very unlikely games-played clause. Meanwhile, he'll still earn the $17M he's guaranteed this season, no matter how many games he plays. 

The 7-year veteran floor-spacer out of Latvia hasn't been doing much spacing this season, averaging just 3.4 points in nine minutes per game, while shooting a lowly 25% from 3-point range. He's been a DNP-CD in 12 of OKC's 17 games. 

In his career, however, he's shot a robust 39.7% from long distance, averaging 7.8 points in about 18 minutes a night. 

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