Even though NBA Free Agency has been rather quiet thus far, mostly due to teams waiting for the top stars to make their decisions, the Washington Wizards reacted swiftly once the period began and re-signed Marcin Gortat to a 5-year/$60 million deal.
Marcin Gortat and the Wizards agreed to the deal about a week ago, but it became official today. Here is a snippet from the team’s official press release.
Gortat averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 33 minutes per game last season with the Wizards. He shot .542 from the field while appearing in a career-high-tying 81 games. The Polish native led the team with 37 double-doubles and was second in the NBA in double-doubles (20) after the All-Star break.
— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) July 10, 2014
Marcin Gortat had a bounce-back season with the Wizards after getting traded by the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Emeka Okafor and Washington’s first round pick, which turned out to be the no.18 selection. The Wizards invested a lot in Gortat, and there was no doubt that they were going to do whatever it took to retain him.
Although some have inevitably complained about the length and amount of money Marcin Gortat received in his new deal, good NBA centers are scarce and his contract is comparable to that of Nikola Pekovic of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Gortat formed good chemistry with the whole team, but it became pretty apparent early in the season that Washington would rely on the connection formed by their front court, Nene and Marcin Gortat, and the pick-and-roll duo, John Wall and Marcin Gortat, for a lot of their success which eventually led them to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Now, the team will hope to continue adding pieces to push them even further in the Playoffs and Marcin Gortat will be a big piece to the puzzle. Welcome back, Marcin Gortat.