The Washington Wizards will have a lot of work to get done this summer, and from the looks of it, re-signing Polish big man Marcin Gortat will be their first priority.
Like most teams, the Washington Wizards will try to keep all of their key free agents on the team, especially after completing a successful season and playoff run. Marcin Gortat, who really flourished after playing with John Wall and Nene, has made it clear that he wants to be back in Washington, but for the right price.
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. Wizards assistant coach Pat Sullivan already has been there assisting Gortat…
There have been reports that teams such as the Dallas Mavericks were interested in acquiring both Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza, who are both unrestricted free agents, but it looks like the Wizards will try to do everything they can to bring them back. Gortat is expected to make anywhere from $10-13 million dollars per season, which is a contract similar to that of Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic and Tyson Chandler, who the Mavericks recently acquired via trade.
It is unclear how much money Trevor Ariza would receive, but both free agents are expected to get bigger contracts than their previous ones, which would take up the majority of Washington’s cap space this summer.
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh are all expected to become unrestricted free agents this summer, but it looks like the Wizards will retain all of their key players which helped push them to the semi-finals in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. For the Wizards to re-sign Gortat and Ariza, they might have to pay more than expected, but for the sake of continuity, Washington’s brass may think it is worth the investment.