Marcin Gortat aware he could potentially be traded in the summer
The Washington Wizards will have a lot of thinking to do this summer, with John Wall already having a wish list of changes to take place over the offseason.
Among them is a an “athletic big” — hinting at the reported rift between the dime maestro and the team’s starting center, Marcin Gortat.
The big man acknowledged the possibility of being traded this offseason, but noted that if he was to be moved, he would like to hear it from the organization first, rather than reading it elsewhere.
“I know how the league goes. Management is going to make the right decision for the future of the team,” Gortat said about potentially being traded, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. “If something’s happening, I want to be informed. I don’t want to read this little headline on the bottom of ESPN, ‘Gortat gets traded,’ and I’m finding out from TV. I would like to know that from my agent.”
Gortat and Ian Mahinmi are the only two legitimate centers on the roster, and if the Wizards are determined to please Wall’s cries for a change — there’s a chance one or both of them go in search of a change of pace.
The Polish Hammer has been critical of small-ball rotations and refused to add a 3-point shot to his arsenal, making him a fossil of an NBA player, unwilling to evolve, which has costed him a lot of fourth quarters this season.
“I was relaxing down there on the bench and we run small ball, which is the worst thing that man could ever invent in this league,” Gortat said during his Saturday interview with reporters. “I hate small ball. Small ball basketball in this league is just trash. I hate that.”
Gortat averaged 8.4 points and 7.1 rebounds this season — his worst numbers in recent years. Those went even lower in the postseason, where he only mustered 6.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.