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Spurs' Davis Bertans says he'd give up money just to play more

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San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans (42) dunks next to Memphis Grizzlies center Deyonta Davis (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

In his third season with the San Antonio Spurs, forward Davis Bertans averaged 21.5 minutes per game in the regular-season and 15.8 minutes per game in the postseason.

But according to Bertans, he'd like to see more playing time.

In an interview with Latvian site SportaZinas, Bertans spoke about his playing time in the NBA. In it, he admits money isn't everything to him and that he'd be willing to sacrifice millions just to see the court more often.

“Of course, making good money, but at the same time, I wasn't happy with the time I didn't play. I've never been interested in it (money) and I've always wanted to play. I'd also be willing to give up a few million to play even more. Finances are just a way to provide for the family with the rest of their lives. It has never been a priority for me, but at the same time it is something that helps in life."

In 2018-19, he averaged 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 21.5 minutes over 76 games. He registered, double-figure scoring 25 times and finished fourth on the team with 145 three-pointers made on the season while shooting 42.9 percent from behind the arc to rank sixth in the league. His.450 field-goal percentage, .429 mark from behind the arc and .883 clip from the charity stripe were all career-best marks for the third-year forward.

However, in the 2019 postseason, Bertans saw his time (15.8 minutes per game) and scoring (3.2 points per game) dip as he was sparingly used versus the series against Denver.

"We hoped to win in the first round and then move further. During the season, we sometimes played so well that we got the confidence that, if we continue, we could get to the finals and win. It must be said, however, that it is difficult to keep this level throughout the season.”

In the final two games he played versus the Nuggets in the playoffs, Bertans went 3-9 from the field and 1-5 from the three-point line total. He also recorded eight points total in the final two games he played against Denver.

Bertans is under contract for one more season for the 2019-20 season (7 million).

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