May 3, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Caron Butler (2) reacts after making a shot against the Memphis Grizzlies during the third quarter in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo J. Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Marcin Gortat Wants the Washington Wizards to Sign Caron Butler


If you have a Twitter account and consider yourself to be an NBA fan, then Marcin Gortat is a must follow. Gortat has been very candid with his fans and the NBA media throughout his NBA career and he’s certainly not afraid to speak his mind on social media.

Gortat, who’s an unrestricted free agent, has already expressed interest in returning to the Washington Wizards after helping the team make a run in the NBA Playoffs, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking for ways the team could potentially improve its roster.

Michael Lee of the Washington Post recently wrote a piece on another free agent, Caron Butler, who Marcin Gortat apparently wouldn’t mind seeing in a Wizards uniform next season.

I then replied to Gortat’s “get him” tweet, letting some of my followers know that Gortat wants the Wizards to sign Caron Butler.

So, there’s that.

At this point, it seems very likely that Marcin Gortat will be back with the Wizards next season. He’s been pretty open about wanting to return to the team under the right conditions, meaning a having a good point guard to play with and a decent pay day, so I’d expect him to re-sign with Washington.

Caron Butler was a former All-Star with the Wizards and has always spoken highly of the organization. Now that he’s 34-years old, Butler will probably want to close out his career where he feels most comfortable, and I honestly can’t think of a better place for him to finish his career than the nation’s capital. Butler has bounced around the league quite a bit over the last few seasons, as he’s played for the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and most recently the Oklahoma City Thunder. Washington, who supposedly tried to trade Trevor Ariza to the Los Angeles Clippers for Caron Butler last year, will probably have interest in Butler as long as it comes at the right price.

Although all of Butler’s teammates from the “Big Three” are gone, it would still be pretty cool to see a reunion in Washington. Adding Butler would give the Wizards some depth, but I’m not sure how Randy Wittman would be able to find playing time for him with Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster and possibly Otto Porter getting the bulk of the minutes.

Would you want the Wizards to sign Caron Butler? Let me know in the comments section.

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  • Bigbraz

    Since we’ll likely have to let Ariza go (Money and the need to develop Porter) it would be a good move to add him for veteran leadership and for depth at the small forward position.

    • Ben Mehic

      I don’t think the Wizards necessarily have to let Ariza go, but adding Butler to the team would be good for depth regardless.

      Thanks for the comment!

      -Ben

  • Joey Seibert

    It really was a bad decision to give Martell that 22 million I didn’t understand it when it was done and know it’s clear it was a guy playing for one last payday and we bit. Ariza I think will leave but I think he will be making a mistake. Chris Paul is the only other guard in the league that might be able to give him those 3 point looks he hit last season. If he leaves for a big money contract I think his d and shooting will help but he is not a player who is going to create his own shot. He’s a great shooter but he needs to be set when he goes up. I just hope we stick Otto in the top 5 thru it all and let him have a fair chance. Martell can give him a breather but he isn’t a top ten prospect anymore, struggles on D and I think is going to hold the team back from making the steps to become a legitimate threat in the east.

    • Ben Mehic

      I don’t think having Ariza/Webster/Otto/Butler on the same team is necessarily a bad thing though. They’re all pretty versatile, and it’s good to have some depth.

      Thanks for the comment, Joe!

      • Bigbraz

        Ben, I think 4 is too many at any position. I also feel that Porter needs room to develop. The best way to see that is for him to get on the floor and play. If we have 3 players (2 good shooters and 1 experienced defensive minded vet) and large amount of money held up in Ariza (I feel he’ll be getting a good contract with a competitive team).
        I’m most concerned with Porter. We need to find out if he can play. We need to find out if he can become the third piece in a potential big 3. I think limited option for minutes is a recipe for disaster for young talent.
        He’s a pretty high draft pick. He needs to play

        • Joey Seibert

          Yeah if your the 3rd pick in NBA Draft and not starting or riding pine d would say bust coming. He has to play and a lot to be fair. I think if they have a good team around him they can take his growing pains and still b successful if not Excell from his potential. 3rd picks should start simple, when he was drafted it was to be immediate implications from otto. That’s why we passed possibly more talent because of immediate return wasn’t their.

        • Ben Mehic

          The positional needs at SG/SF don’t really matter since they’re interchangeable. Wiz could go small with Ariza/Porter at the 4, Butler/Webster at the 3. It’s good for depth, but I definitely see where you’re coming from. If anything, having Butler on the team would be good for the locker room.

  • Joey Seibert

    Tough juice would be in until he is 40 if able before Webster love his game.

  • Chris Staley

    I think the Wiz should be more concerned with finding a backup for John Wall. Want to bring back a player who also loves the organization, can still ball, is youngrr than Butler, and makes more sense? Bring back Agent Zero