Wizards Re-Sign Marcin Gortat
Posted on July 10, 2014
Center Returns After Becoming Key Part of Team in 2013-14
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Washington
President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has re-signed
center Marcin Gortat. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not
"Re-signing Marcin was a top priority for us
this summer so that we could maintain continuity and improve on what we accomplished last season," said Grunfeld. "His
scoring ability, rebounding and
defensive presence are matched only by his work ethic, leadership and
personality, which all combine to make him an excellent fit in what we
are trying to build moving forward."
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. He
finished in the top 10 among centers in scoring,
rebounding, field goal percentage, assists, blocks and double-doubles.
Gortat had five games of 20+ points (including a career-high 31 at
Toronto on 3/31) and 22 games of 12+ rebounds (including a
career-high-tying 18 at Miami on 3/10).
11 playoff games last season, Gortat averaged 13.0 points, 9.9 rebounds
and 1.3 blocks while shooting
.492 from the field. He raised those averages to 14.8 points and 10.2
rebounds while shooting .578 from the field in the Eastern Conference
Semifinals and notched new playoff career highs with 31 points and 16
rebounds in the Wizards' Game Five win at Indiana.
seven seasons with Orlando, Phoenix and Washington, Gortat holds career
averages of 9.4 points, 7.3
rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 438 career games. He has shot .545 from the
field while playing 24.2 minutes per game. He was acquired by the
Wizards along with Shannon Brown, Malcom Lee and Kendall Marshall from
Phoenix in exchange for Emeka Okafor and a protected
2014 first round pick on October 25, 2013. Gortat was originally
selected with the 57th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by Phoenix, who then traded his rights to
Orlando for future considerations.
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