Marcin Gortat tweets heartfelt goodbye to Wizards
Following one of the first few trades of this offseason, new Los Angeles Clippers acquisition Marcin Gortat posted a heartfelt goodbye message to his former team, the Washington Wizards after being traded for Austin Rivers earlier this week.
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“Finally after 24 hours of chaos related to my trade I found few minutes to write this poem,” Gortat tweeted on Thursday morning. “I wanna say thank u to Washington Wizards organization for 5 wonderful years! I was able to see a growth of some very talented youngsters John [Wall]… Brad [Beal]… Otto [Porter]… Kelly [Oubre]. I’m happy I chipped in building a new culture in Ted Leonsis’s house. I will never forget how good of a owner he was to his players. I will never forget the support I’ve received from the organization to create Polish Heritage nights and Marcin Gortat’s camps! All the kids from Poland will never forget the hospitality of Washington D.C. Thank u to all the Wizards fans around the world for support throughout my 5 years with the club. I’ve created bond with a lot of players, staff members, coaches, that will last for years! It’s a Bizness that I understand and it’s time for me to start new chapter in my book on west coast in L.A. Clippers!”
Gortat was a serviceable asset at center for the majority of his time in a Wizards uniform, but his all-around numbers showed a decline in this past 2017-18 season, along with a mid-season rift with point guard John Wall over comments he made after the All-Star point guard went down to injury.
Wall followed after a playoff elimination, saying the team would need a more athletic big to keep up with the trend the NBA is going in. The Wizards franchise followed through, now potentially looking at unrestricted free agent Nerlens Noel as a potential replacement at center.