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Wizards center Marcin Gortat doesn’t want to leave Washington

Marcin Gortat, Wizards

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat has had a long and fruitful NBA career and has shined as a member of the Wizards.

He said recently that he plans to retire from the game of basketball, and would prefer doing so as a member of the Orlando Magic, the team he started his career with back in 2007.

But after his comments to an Orlando newspaper, there was speculation that Gortat wanted out of Washington in order to play with the Magic. Gortat said that is not what he meant, and cleared the air about his comments, per Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.

“I want to play in Washington,” he said. “Just because I want to finish my career in a year-and-a-half doesn’t mean I don’t want to play in Washington. I think everything today was blown away a little too much.”

Gortat went even further his comments about the matter, per Hughes.

“Unless the team wants to trade me, at this point in my life and my career I feel good here playing with John [Wall] and Brad [Beal],” he said. “I have a year-and-a-half. I want to make a run with this team to the Finals and give 110 percent to the team. After that, I already hit the 10 years mark and have a full pension and I will be done.”

It appears as though this was just a simple misunderstanding of what Gortat meant. However, it’s also understandable how someone could misconstrue the meaning behind his words as a veiled comment that he wanted to be traded.

Either way, Gortat has had a nice career in the NBA and hopefully, he gets to go out in the way he wants.