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Wizards’ brass traveling to Poland convince Marcin Gortat to remain in Washington

Jun 27, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT

Marcin Gortat; DeMar DeRozan

Washington likes what they have on the roster. John Wall has emerged into one of the better point guards in the game. Bradley Beal may be the real star of this team in a few years. When Nene is healthy their defense is Top 10. They just need to make a few tweaks and keep the team together.

That includes big time free agents Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat. Ariza’s importance recently just jumped with word Martell Webster had another back surgery.

How important is keeping Gortat around to back up/play with Nene? The Wizards’ front office is flying to Poland to persuade him to stay in the nation’s capital next season, reports J. Michael at

Now that the NBA draft is over, the full-court press is on to convince Marcin Gortat to remain with the Wizards, who are sending a contingent to Poland before the free-agent negotiation period opens July 1, has confirmed with multiple persons with knowledge of the situation.

Coach Randy Wittman and Tommy Sheppard, senior vice president of basketball operations, are leaving Friday to visit Gortat who has been coordinating basketball camps across his homeland.

Washington traded for Gortat when Emeka Okafor went down before last season. Gortat took a while to mesh with Wall, but Nene understood from the start how key Gortat was and was his big supporter. Eventually everyone in the Wizards organization came around.

The question, of course, is money.

Gortat made $7.7 million last season and at age 30 is a good gamble for a three or four-year deal in roughly that same ballpark salary wise. Depending on where the salary cap ultimately falls (likely in the $62 million range) the Wizards will have about $16 million in cap space. That should let them retain Gortat and Ariza plus bring in a little depth.

If they pull all of that off, the Wizards could again find themselves in the top half of the East next season.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    DCs not a bad place to be, if they can keep Wall/Beal healthy and happy.

  2. elcaminobilly - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    I’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating: If the Wizards can stay healthy and stay together, they are going to be one of the top 2 teams in the East in a few years.

    • brianjoates - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Just make sure the cap room is available and the key pieces can fill in around Durant for the start of 16-17 season.

  3. cantonbound13 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    The Polish Hammer!

  4. marbulz - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Marcin Gortat also helped bring a lot of polish fans to the game and awareness of the Polish culture to basketball, one thing about the wizard squad of this past season how good they were now think how good they can become if kept together.😉
    The ball don’t lie check the stats 🏀

  5. sportsfan18 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    If they wanna impress the Polish Hammer, they need to bring food for his pig, special treats and such… whatever the hell a pig likes… but they eat anything and everything so it shouldn’t be too hard…

    Offer to make his pig their team mascot…

  6. patfic5 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Sam Presti…..where you at?

  7. antistratfordian - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    They knock on Gortat’s door and Pat Riley opens it.

    • sumkat - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Does he say “don’t worry guys, he’s not coming to Miami, he wants more than the vet minimum”?

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:47 AM

        It’s a little early to be so sure that the Heat will have only the vet minimum to offer. But Gortat is a long shot for the Heat regardless because, unlike many, he doesn’t have to leave his team in order to play for a contender. We can hope though.

  8. jman2020 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Woulb be a good fit for da lakers

  9. marbulz - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Yo “sportsfan18” not all live on a farm you on educated ignorant stupid bastard
    If you check your fax polders one of the most educated countries in the world

    • bball242322 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Clearly not. if you’re going to call someone out for being uneducated. At least be able to say “uneducated” and not “on educated”

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      My Polish uncle was a plastics engineer. He was not stupid.

  10. marbulz - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    sportsfan18 I’m going to leave you with this get out of your parents basement and get your self some awesome sauce and start your life instead of causing false high.😏

  11. brianjoates - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Poland??? When are they going to introduce their 2nd round pick, “cash”? Unless he is too busy lining Ted’s pockets? What a ridiculous move that helped the basketball team in no way except to give Ted 2 million dollars.

  12. saint1997 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Thoughts with Deng over Ariza?

    • calkinsrob - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      id take deng. but im a bulls fan so ive seen more of him. but I think he could be a good fit on so many teams. was one of thibs favorite players, I imagine hes very coachable and a good teammate

  13. csbanter - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Every one is a star in a contract year. How will Gortat and Ariza do once the big bucks are sealed ? Didn’t Ariza bomb in Houston when he signed a deal with them.

  14. campcouch - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    If a bum like Larry Sanders can get 4 years for $44 million,a player that’s definitely better like Gortat should get equal if not better pay. When given the playing time,he produces. Gortat and the Wiz are a good fit as well.

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