Los Angeles waives Marcin Gortat, has interest in joining Warriors
The L.A. Clippers plan to waive center Marcin Gortat to complete their recent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Gortat has interest in joining the Golden State Warriors, though the latter will likely stand pat and survey the free agent field before making a decision, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Gortat took to Twitter shortly before the deal was reported.
It was great ride!
— Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) February 7, 2019
The Clippers recently traded for big man JaMychal Green and guard Garrett Temple, forcing them to free up a roster spot by waiving Gortat.
The Polish Hammer could see a home with the Warriors, but the defending champions will have plenty of options in the buyout market, as they previously eyed Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and recently set their sights on Wes Matthews as a potential cog to improve their wing depth.
Golden State will have plenty to evaluate during the next week, still boasting a free roster spot after letting go of Patrick McCaw earlier this season.
Gortat is no longer a double-double threat or the feared defender he was with his hulking 6-foot-11 frame. Age has slowed him down and at the verge of turning 35 years old later this month, his season averages of 5.0 points and 5.6 rebounds fall way shy of the reliable double-double nightly threat he was two seasons ago with the Washington Wizards.