Marcin Gortat hints that his time with Wizards nearing an end
After losing in seven games to the Boston Celtics in the second-round of the NBA playoffs, the Washington Wizards definitely seem like a team on the rise in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards though, could likely have some new pieces next season, especially at the center position as Marcin Gortat hinted on Tuesday that he could be done in Washington.
“I had 103 games this year and I haven’t missed even one game. I didn’t miss one practice or shootaround. On top of that I’m the oldest guy on the team,” Gortat said during exit interviews. “I know how the business works. I’m the oldest guy on the team. They signed Ian also. He’s younger than me and he got a longer contract. I just know how the business works so I’m prepared for everything just in case. We’re going to talk. I’m going to talk to Ernie (Grunfeld). I’m going to talk to managment and we’re going to figure it out.”
Gortat has two years left on his contract so he won’t be leaving via free agency. But the Wizards may need to trade Gortat to free up cap space to re-sign Otto Porter. Only time will though what the Wizards end up doing with Gortat.
Gortat finished the season averaging 10.8 points, a career-high 10.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting 58% from the field.