The Washington Wizards went into the offseason knowing they needed to re-sign underrated center Marcin Gortat, and appear to have done exactly that.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Gortat and the Wizards have come to an agreement on a five-year, $60 million deal that will keep the Polish big man in D.C. for the long run.
Marcin Gortat has agreed to a five year, $60 million contract extension with Washington, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014
Gortat paid off big for the Wizards last year after he was acquired from the Phoenix Suns last season. While he was already considered one of the better centers in the NBA, Gortat seemed to emerge as a star in Washington, putting up 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. On top of his outstanding regular season showing, he also shined for the Wizards during their surprising trip to the second round of the playoffs.
Along with John Wall, Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza, who the Wizards hope to re-sign soon, Gortat should help give the Wizards one of the top starting lineups on the court next season. The presence of the 6’11’’ big man will make it all the more difficult for opposing offenses to pick up points in the paint.
Gortat was an integral part of the Wizards’ pick-and-roll offense, and should remain a key piece as the team looks to assert itself as an annual contender in the Eastern Conference. With Wall emerging as an NBA star and Beal an underrated young gun, Gortat appears to be the glue holding the electric group together.
Great move by the Wizards as they continue to prove they’re a force to be reckoned with.