Marcin Gortat officially confirms retirement from NBA
Marcin Gortat has officially retired from the NBA.
“It’s time to end my career,” Gortat said in an interview with TVP Info. “I think this is the moment when the year has passed – as I said at the beginning, I give myself a year [off] to see what life will bring me – and it brought me to this decision, that I am going to retire, I’m finishing my professional playing.”
Gortat was the 57th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Suns. He was traded to the Magic on draft night for future considerations.
In 175 games with the Magic, Gortat averaged 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. He didn’t play a lot since he was backing up Dwight Howard.
The Magic traded Gortat to the Suns in December of 2010. He played 182 games for Phoenix, putting up 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds.
The Suns traded Gortat to the Wizards in October of 2015. The Polish Hammer spent the next five years of his career in Washington, playing alongside stars John Wall and Bradley Beal. He finished his Wizards career with averages of 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in 402 games. He was never an All-Star, but Gortat was a solid big man who flourished in the pick-and-roll game with Wall.
The Wizards traded Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers in the summer of 2018. He played 47 games with the Clippers before getting waived on February 7, 2019.
Marcin Gortat finished his NBA career with averages of 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists.