The Washington Wizards finished the 2013-14 season by going further than anyone expected. Washington was able to get past the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the NBA playoffs but eventually fell to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Regardless, the Wizards appear to have everything together with the team they have in place. This offseason, Washington should make their priority keeping the guys they have to help further develop Washington’s team chemistry and winning formula. The Wizards’ most important offseason move should be the signing of Marcin Gortat.
The Wizards received Gortat last offseason in a trade with the Phoenix Suns just five days before the regular season started, but he made a lasting impact from the start.
For Washington, Gortat averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. In just his sixth year, last season was close to the best he has had in the league. Not only was his stable performing a contributing factor to Washington’s success, but his relationship with Nene Hilario helped the Wizards develop a winning mental state in D.C.
The biggest question the Wizards must now face is how much is Gortat worth? Last season Washington paid him $7.7 million, and for this offseason the Wizards only have around $15 million left in cap space. Re-signing Gortat would make it difficult for the Wizards to make a big splash in free agency.
Nevertheless, Gortat got better as the season went along. He finished the year off with 37 double-doubles, more than Anthony Davis, Greg Monroe, Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan. The cost of re-signing Gortat could be high, but he is absolutely worth every penny. Washington should make it their No. 1priority to re-sign the “Polish Hammer”.