Gortat was waived by the Clippers on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Gortat's role fluctuated heavily throughout the season, including DNP-CDs. So his departure from a now-rebuilding team isn't surprising. Overall, he appeared in 47 games with the Clippers, averaging 5.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.0 minutes. It's possible he lands somewhere on the buyout market.
Gortat will start Tuesday against the Hornets, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports. Gortat was given a DNP-CD on Sunday against the Raptors, but he'll be promoted to the starting lineup Tuesday, pushing Montrezl Harrell back to the bench. In 20 starts on the road this season, Gortat is averaging 5.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 16.8 minutes.
Gortat (coach's decision) didn't play Sunday in the Clippers' 121-103 loss to the Raptors. After starting the Clippers' previous six games, Gortat was dropped from the rotation entirely with Montrezl Harrell moving up to the top unit and Boban Marjanovic serving as the backup center. Coach Doc Rivers has occasionally swapped Gortat out for Marjanovic based on matchups, so Gortat's lack of playing time Sunday doesn't necessarily signal his permanent removal from the rotation. That said, Gortat is averaging 5.1 points, 5.5 boards and 1.4 assists in 16.0 minutes per game when he plays this season, so there's little fantasy upside to be mined here.
Gortat generated 10 points (5-6 FG), five rebounds and one assist across 16 minutes Monday in the Clippers' 123-118 loss to the Hawks. Gortat reached double digits in the scoring column for just the third time in January, with his suppressed minutes at the root of his limited production. Though he continues to serve as the Clippers' starting center, he routinely cedes most of the playing time at the position to backup Montrezl Harrell. The minutes distribution between the two big men isn't likely to change at any point in the near future.
Gortat finished with 10 points (5-9 FG), eight rebounds and one assists in 22 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Heat. Gortat finished in double-figures for the second time in 2019 in his return to the starting lineup. He'd received little run in the reserve role, playing just 12 total minutes over two games. While the uptick in minutes and production are promising, Gortat's averaging just 16.2 minutes per game this season, and due to depth of the Clippers' frontcourt, doesn't have a large enough opportunity to produce fantasy-relevant numbers consistently.
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