Marcin Gortat turned down offers from Bucks and others, focused on signing with Golden State
Free agent center Marcin Gortat has reportedly turned down offers from interested teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and other, focusing his efforts on a potential deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to Polish media outlet Sportowe Fakty (via r/Warriors).
The story, loosely translated, reads: “The Polish center, who is currently at his home in Orlando, is interested only in the Warriors.”
“I already have my years, but I feel really good physically and if I was my own agent, I would strongly recommend Golden State Warriors,” Gortat said in a recent conversation for “Przegląd Sportowy,” according to the foreign site.
Gortat was waived by the L.A. Clippers to make room for the recently-acquired Ivica Zubac after a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers minutes before the trade deadline.
The Warriors have been on his radar since he hit waivers and apparently continues to be, even weeks after the trade deadline.
Golden State has an open roster spot, which became open after Patrick McCaw signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers (now with the Toronto Raptors) — a caveat owner Joe Lacob has wanted to have for years, allowing the team to adjust to any problems arising in the back end of the regular season.
The Warriors looked into adding center Robin Lopez, to give them depth after big man Damian Jones went down for the season, but the 7-footer has remained with the Chicago Bulls, with no signs of an impending buyout.
Gortat could bring some much-needed toughness, but his skills as an offensive and defensive player have greatly diminished from his peak as a starter for the Washington Wizards two seasons ago, posting only 5.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game through 47 games this season.