The Washington Wizards will have a lot of impending decisions to make this summer, one of them involving Marcin Gortat, who the they acquired via trade from the Phoenix Suns prior to the beginning of the season. The Wizards find themselves right in the middle of the playoff picture, and unless they completely collapse, they’ll likely find themselves playing in the postseason for the first time in half a decade. With that said, Marcin Gortat has been one of their most productive players this season and the Wizards will almost certainly try to re-sign the Polish big man.
Gortat has never been an unrestricted free agent before, but prior to getting traded to Phoenix, he signed an offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks before it quickly got matched by the Orlando Magic. Needless to say, Gortat is looking forward to the opportunity of actually being able to pick which team he wants to play for.
Will the Wizards remain on his list of teams he’d like to suit up for? Well, that remains to be seen.
The Polish Hammer recently sat down with Kyle Weidie of TruthAboutIt and discussed free agency and the things he’ll examine before choosing the team he’ll play for in 2015—check out the full length interview here.
There’s a lot of different things I’m going to look at. The team situation. The goal of the team. I’m going to look at the point guard. I’m going to look at the coaching staff. I’m going to look at a lot of different things before I’m going to pick the team, and obviously Washington is going to be really close to me right now. I feel really comfortable here. They have two rising stars in Bradley Beal and John Wall, and this team’s definitely going to get better and better. They have Otto Porter, who’s going to be a good player one day.
After reading this snippet of the interview, I think it’s pretty clear that times have changed for the Washington Wizards. For the first time in a very, very long time, it seems like free agents are actually interested at playing in the nation’s capital.
Gortat talked about the emergence of John Wall and Bradley Beal, but he also went out of his way to mention Otto Porter, who the team hopes will become a part of their nucleus. Washington has finally garnered enough talent on their team to actually attract serviceable free agents like Gortat. He’s gained chemistry with John Wall, and the fact that he’s become an All-Star at such a young age will probably entice Gortat into sticking around for a bit.
I have no doubt that Gortat will receive interest from other teams as well as the Wizards. Gortat’s averaged about 13 points and 9 rebounds this season, but he’s really stepped his game up since Nene went down with injury. There aren’t too many big men in the NBA that are capable of doing the things Gortat does on a nightly basis and I’m sure he’ll be getting lots of interest from teams this summer.