Milwaukee has weighed signing Marcin Gortat, but nothing is imminent
The Milwaukee Bucks are said to have interest in acquiring free agent big man Marcin Gortat, according to a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times.
The East-leading Bucks are among the teams that have weighed signing free-agent center Marcin Gortat — who IS playoff-eligible for his next team — but league sources say Milwaukee, to this point has elected not to take its interest further
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 1, 2019
As Stein notes, the Bucks have kicked the proverbial tires, but it’s not clear if they’re serious about making a deal with Gortat, who is indeed playoff eligible.
At 6-11 and 240 pounds, Gortat is a solid big man, He’d be a fine addition for a lot of teams, especially the Eastern-Conference leading Bucks.
“The Polish Hammer,” as he’s come to be known, was traded from the Washington Wizards to the L.A. Clippers in June. However, the Clipps decided to waive him at the trade deadline to open a roster spot. L.A. then completed a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies for JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple.
In 47 appearances with the Clippers this season (43 starts), Gortat turned in averages of 5.0 points on 53.2 percent shooting from the field, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.0 minutes per outing.
As the team stands now, Milwaukee has 15 men on their roster, which means they’d have to make a move before acquiring Gortat.
The Bucks (47-14 and 1st in the Central Division standings) will be back in action on Friday night, as they’re scheduled to face LeBron James and the Lakers inside the Staples Center. Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.