Report: Wizards engaged in trade talks surrounding Marcin Gortat
With just about three days left in the NBA trade deadline, the Washington Wizards are exploring everything, and right now that involves center Marcin Gortat.
Per Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Wizards are engaged in trade talks for their starting center in an effort to get better but not spend too much money doing so.
There have been several teams that have shown interest but the Wizards are looking to improve their team now while not taking on additional long-term money, sources said.
Windhorst is also reporting that a prominent member of the L.A. Clippers is on Washington’s radar.
Washington has expressed interest in LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported. Gortat has one year and $13.5 million left on his contract. Jordan can opt to be a free agent this summer.
The Wizards are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference at 31-22, and just one game back in the loss column of the Cleveland Cavaliers. This season could be one that could catapult the Wizards deep in the playoffs, and a move for Jordan or some other quality player will certainly help in doing so.
But whether other teams will engage the Wizards is another story. If they are not willing to take on any long-term money, the Wizards will have to settle for expiring contracts, like Jordan’s.
But other than the Clippers veteran, there may not be many other contracts out there. It all depends on the landscape of the market.
Gortat is averaging 8.9 points and eight rebounds per game in 53 starts this season. It is his 11th year in the NBA.