The Washington Wizards are coming off of a very disappointing Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers, but they are excited about the future of their young team. Washington acquired center Marcin Gortat just before the beginning of the regular season this past year, and re-signing him is their top priority this offseason. He added excellent leadership and put up consistent numbers all season long. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, he is undoubtedly the top priority for the Wizards this coming offseason.
The Polish Hammer is undoubtedly the priority.
The Wiz, remember, surrendered a first-round pick to Phoenix mere days before the start of the season to acquire Gortat from the Suns in what was seen a desperate move by a playoff-starved franchise.
But Gortat justified Washington’s faith with the way he partnered with Nene on the front line and is sure to generate plenty of interest in free agency entering a summer with no shortage of cap-space teams. The Wiz know it, expect it and still give off the vibe that they won’t allow Gortat to be pilfered.
It’s a vow, though, that they can’t make as readily when it comes to Ariza. – Marc Stein, ESPN.com
Gortat came up big for the Wizards in their postseason series against the Pacers, including a 31 point, 16 rebound game in a big Game 5 win in Indianapolis. He has shown the ability to score the basketball in the post, but more importantly is a double-double machine on the glass. There is no question that the Wizards need to bring him back on a long-term deal.
In 81 games and 80 starts for the Wizards this past season, Gortat averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. There is no arguing with those numbers, and he proved his importance each and every night. The Wizards are in major need of his presence on the court, but they also need his experience in the locker room.
Overall, it is highly expected that the Wizards and Gortat will reach an agreement on a multi-year deal this offseason. Both sides want to get something done quickly, and there doesn’t appear to be anything standing in their way. It will be interesting to see what type of money he wants, and what other teams try to jump into the discussion.