Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat doesn’t see himself playing after his contract expires in 2018-19.
Marcin Gortat told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that it’s unlikely to see him remain in the NBA after his contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season. He then gushed about the opportunity to suit up with the Orlando Magic before he retires.
“I would love to join the team for maybe two or three months, or maybe half a season at least,” said Gortat to Robbins following the Washington Wizards’ shootaround on Friday.
Gortat is in his 11th NBA season and turns 34-years-old on Feb. 17. He’s spent the last five campaigns with the Wizards, who owe him a bit more than $26 million for the final two years of his deal. Through 41 games, Gortat’s averaging 9.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in 27.3 minutes a night.
The Orlando Magic traded for Gortat on draft night in 2005, where the Phoenix Suns selected him 57th overall. He began his career in 2007.
“I’m going to be (an) old guy, so I don’t know if Orlando would be interested or not,” continued Gortat. “But I would love to join the team back again just to wear the uniform, put the white and blue stripes again on me and be able to say I’m a Magic again and just come back home where I belong. That would definitely be a dream come true to do that for me. Whatever the team wants to do — play me, just be in the rotation or just be a bench player — I would definitely be there for the team.”
For three-and-a-half years, Gortat put up decent numbers as the backup to Dwight Howard. He averaged just 13.3 minutes a night but hauled in 4.3 boards and 3.7 points; per 36 minutes, those numbers balloon to 11.8 and 10.1, respectively.
Gortat then went back to Phoenix in December of 2010, where he spent two full seasons and emerged as a legitimate double-double guy. He peaked in 2011-12 and averaged 15.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. The Suns then sent him to the nation’s capital in 2013.
The Wizards have utilized Marcin Gortat as their starting center for the last half-a-decade, but the team has failed to make noise in the Eastern Conference. That, of course, isn’t all Gortat’s fault. He, however, is among the breed of bigs who are beginning to die out. There’s not much to his game outside of 15 feet, and he’s shown an inconsistency to stay in front of much quicker players, who are dominating the NBA.
“I’m not saying 100 percent,” continued Gortat to Robbins. “I would say ‘probably.’ The way everything goes, the way the NBA goes right now and everything that’s going on, I just don’t feel like I’m going to stay in this league for much longer.”
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