The Washington Wizards have two big goals this summer. The first goal is to get center Marcin Gortat to re-sign to be the man in the middle for them. The second goal is to bring small forward Trevor Ariza back so the team can have its successful core from last season. The first of those two goals looks to have been accomplished on the first day of free agency.
Michael Lee of the Washington Post tweeted that Gortat and the Wizards have verbally agreed to a five-year deal to keep the Polish center in the middle. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has the money on the deal at $60 million over those five years, which Lee also reported. It's the same money and years Nikola Pekovic signed with the Timberwolves last offseason when he was a restricted free agent.
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 was integral to the Wizards' success this season. They returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and they advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Gortat averaged 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds while blocking 1.5 shots. He played in 81 of the 82 games and started 80 of them.
While the money is still just a reported number, Gortat's tweet and John Wall's tweet seem to confirm the news pretty well.
:)))— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) July 2, 2014
Trevor Ariza is up next, I guess.