Marcin Gortat thanks Clippers after being released
Marcin Gortat made headlines yesterday when he delivered Twitter clapbacks to trolls. Now, he’s using social media for a more emotional reason. Following the trade deadline, Gortat was waived by the Los Angeles Clippers, and he took to Instagram to thank the organization.
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I would like to say thx u to @LAClippers organization for this opportunity! I wish I could finish the season in LA but I understand how this business works. Thx u to Doc, Lawrence and staff members for great time we had. Once a clipper always a clipper!! #stayHealthy! #stayReady
Gortat went on to say that while he wished he could finish the season in Los Angeles, he ‘understands how this business works.’ He concluded the post by thanking the brass for everything, and claiming that ‘once a Clipper, always a Clipper!’
According to Yahoo! Sports, Gortat is interested in teaming up with the Warriors once he clears waivers.
Yahoo Sources: Marcin Gortat, who will be waived by Clippers, has interest in joining the Warriors but the defending champs plan to wait until the dust settles to get a clearer picture of what is available on the market.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 7, 2019
Throughout the season, Gortat has made 43 starts and is averaging 5.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest. He is 15th in the NBA in screen assists (3.6) despite the fact that he is playing only 16.0 minutes per game. But fans will best remember Gortat for the incident in 2017, where he threw down Zaza Pachulia, who fell into Kevin Durant’s left leg, which resulted in KD’s Grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise.
It’s unclear if, or when, Gortat will meet with the Warriors, but his long-term plan to play for the team has a bit of a wrinkle. The Warriors have made clear that they aren’t quite ready to fill its open roster spot and wants to see how the rest of the buyout market shakes out.