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Wizards re-signing Marcin Gortat, as first reported by John Wall

Jul 1, 2014, 8:26 PM EDT

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The Wizards were extremely pleased with last season. All along, their goal was making the playoffs, and not only did they do that, they upset the Bulls in the first round.

Washington has made no secret of its plan to duplicate that success. And by duplicate, I mean duplicate.

The Wizards want to keep practically the same roster together. They kept Andre Miller when it made some sense to waive him, and their top two free agent targets are Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza. They even flew to Poland to pitch Gortat.

That worked.

John Wall actually broke the news:

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports is first with the contract figures:

Marc Stein of ESPN has more:

Gortat made $7,727,280 last season, so this is a substantial raise. Ariza made the same salary last season, so you can bet he’s also expecting a big pay increase. He should see how desperate the Wizards are to keep the band together, and he can leverage that. He might not get as much as Gortat – big men are always in higher demand – but Ariza can seek that range now.

This deal will carry Gortat through age 35. It’s always risky to pay someone so much at that age, but it’s even riskier for a large brutish player like Gortat. He takes (though mostly inflicts) a pounding. The deal is probably fair in the short term, but Gortat will likely hold negative value by the end of the deal due to its cost.

There’s little reason to believe the Wizards care about that far into the future, though. They want to win now, and to them, that means trying to win exactly how they did last season – with Gortat, Ariza and everyone else.

Washington has Gortat. Ariza is up next.

  1. jeffkx - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    This site is a disaster..

    • phillyguyindc - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      And by duplicate, I mean duplicate?

  2. balsagna - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    That’s impossible, I thought he was going to sign for 12 dollars and the honor of playing for the genius Pat Riley. This can’t be true.

  3. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Poor lard head. Back to the drawing board.

  4. antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    This is fitting. Abe Lincoln should stay in the nation’s capital.

  5. patfic5 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Underrated guy.

    • therealhtj - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      So underrated now he’s overrated. And overpaid.

      • djstickypants - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM


      • patfic5 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        I don’t know man. He brings a different element to the Wizards. I like their squad.

      • therealhtj - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        Didn’t say they don’t have a decent, 2nd round if everything breaks right kinda squad. Maybe they catch some Dallas like luck and they start firing on all cylinders and make a conference finals or even go all the way.

        Doesn’t change the fact that by the 5th year, everyone’ll be asking what were they thinking giving this dude all that money. Maybe sooner.

  6. antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Raptors just re-signed Lowry. Frustrated Heat fans everywhere.

    • balsagna - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Wait. You actually thought a guy hitting his first pay day was going to play for peanuts to join the team that got the worst beat down in NBA Finals history? You Heat fans are cute.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        No, I didn’t think that, but some Heat fans coveted Lowry for their own reasons.

        And it wasn’t the worst beat down considering that the Spurs lost Game 2 at home. I think the Bucks spanked the Bullets worse. Some teams can’t even win a game.

      • kinggw - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        And what do you call pathetic folks who are overly concerned with the Heat and their fans? Don’t you have your own team to follow?

        At this point we don’t know what Lowry is doing. I don’t know who Anti’s source but nobody has reported Lowry has resigned except him. It may be true, but I wont believe it until Wojo or Stein reports it.

      • balsagna - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Oh I’m not going to lie. Few things would make me happier, from a sports standpoint, then Lebron signing anywhere other than Miami. I’m rooting for pure entertainment at this point.

    • kb2408 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      I don’t think not getting Lowry is that bad for the Heatles actually. Why would they ever want to take the ball out of LeBron’s hands? Signing a ball dominant true pg would force LeBron to change what he’s done his whole career. He’s a point forward.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Maybe you were right, but it is a non-issue now.

  7. JT - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    In two years this contract will be dead money..
    Salute on Gortat getting that 💵💵..

  8. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Shaun Livingston agrees to three year deal with Warriors. Poor grease head.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Yeah I saw that. Good pickup for the Warriors.

  9. kb2408 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Who’s next NOT to join the Heatles? Miami might get Deng, though that’s not looking too promising either, considering he already stated his not coming cheap.

    • rexgrossman8 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Nick Van Exel

  10. kb2408 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Cross Lowry off the list too.

  11. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Deng turned down a 12 million dollar extension last year from a team he loved and played for his whole career. That’s why he got traded to the Cavs. The Heat aren’t getting him on the cheap.

  12. campcouch - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Yet another FA not enamored with beaches.

  13. seasickcecil - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I was just going to say that grease head might want to lower his expectations to guys like CJ Miles but now it turns out he’s meeting with the Pacers lol!

  14. smoothaswilkes - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Another overpay, but is it really? The market seems to be shifting a bit for the middle tier guys. Meeks 6 million per, Livingston 5.5 million per, and now Gortat at 12 million per. Perhaps that is what teams are having to pay nowadays for these type of players. If you can’t sign 3 max level players sign a bunch of mid tier guys? Should be interesting to see what Deng, Gasol, and Lowry eventually get.

  15. unxpexted1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Is 12 mill for a starting center really that much? People talk about the end of the deal but he’s not a career long starter. He has a lil more years left before his body starts breaking down then if he was if he was playing all these years. Plus he’s a big not a guard, as long as healthy you’re not asking him to be the most athletic player on the floor.

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