Marcin Gortat wants to end career in Magic, doesn’t expect to play past 2018-19
Veteran center Marcin Gortat has another year left in his deal with the Washington Wizards, but that hasn’t stopped him from discussing his NBA future.
“I would love to join the team for maybe two or three months, or maybe half a season at least,” Gortat told the Orlando Sentinel after the Wizards completed their shootaround Friday at Capital One Arena.
“I’m going to be a old guy, so I don’t know if Orlando would be interested or not. But I would love to join the team back again just to wear the uniform, put the white and blue stripes again on me and be able to say I’m a Magic again and just come back home where I belong. That would definitely be a dream come true to do that for me. Whatever the team wants to do — play me, just be in the rotation or just be a bench player — I would definitely be there for the team.”
Gortat still has another year on his contract that runs through the 2018-19 season that will pay him $13.6 million. He was acquired by Magic in a trade during the 2005 NBA Draft that saw him spend his first 3 1/2 years with the team. Gortat served as a key piece to the puzzle as the primary backup to Dwight Howard during their run to the 2009 NBA Finals.
Following that, he played the next 2 1/2 seasons with the Phoenix Suns before joining the Wizards, where he is now in his fifth campaign with the team. In his 11th season, he is averaging 9.1 points along with a team-best 8.1 rebounds in 41 games played.
If he plans on retiring as a member of the Magic, it would require the Wizards to move him or possibly part ways with him on a contract buyout. That said, there is still plenty of time before next season, and things could drastically change from now until then.