Pelicans sign Latvia’s Dairis Bertans

Agence France-Presse
The 29-year-old joins younger brother and Spurs forward Davis in the NBA

NEW VENTURES. Spending his entire career in Europe, Dairis Bertains earns his shot in the NBA. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

WASHINGTON, USA – Latvian guard Dairis Bertans, who helped Olimpia Milano to the 2018 Italian League crown, has signed with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

The club announced late Saturday, March 2, it was making the move for the 29-year-old shooting guard, the older brother of San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans.

The elder Bertans has spent his entire professional career in Europe with stops in Latvia, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

He averaged 6.1 points and shot 49.5 percent from 3-point range in 37 games for Olympia Milano.

At 29-36, the Pelicans rank 12th in the Western Conference, 6.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the 8th and final playoff spot with 17 games remaining in the regular season. –