Gortat tallied zero points (0-3 FG, 0-2 FT), eight rebounds, two steals and one assist across 20 minutes during a 133-109 loss to the Hornets on Wednesday. Gortat attained his second scoreless game of the season as he was one of numerous starters who struggled in the blowout loss. The poor effort followed up just a four-point outing on Monday. Gortat has now scored below 10 points in three of his last five outings.
Gortat said Friday that he doesn't envision playing beyond the end of his current contract and would "love" to finish his career with the Magic, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "I would love to join the team for maybe two or three months, or maybe half a season at least," Gortat said at Friday's shootaround. The soon-to-be-34-year-old began his NBA career in Orlando, serving primarily as the backup to Dwight Howard for the bulk of three seasons before a trade sent him to Phoenix. Gortat signed with the Wizards in 2013 and has started all but two games over the last four-and-a-half years, but he'll enter 2018-19 in the final year of his contract. While the native of Poland hasn't made up his mind, he implied Friday that he believes he'll move on from the NBA following the conclusion of next season. "The way NBA politics goes right now, I'm afraid that next year might be my last year," Gortat said. "This is how I feel right now. Obviously, we're going to have a summer, then another year of basketball and then I'm going to think about it. But the way I feel right now, it's like next year might be my last year of my career." Of course, plenty can change in a matter of a year-and-a-half, but it's rather rare for a player to openly express his desire to play for another team, so Gortat's situation will be one to keep an eye on long-term, particularly as the 2019 trade deadline approaches.
Gortat scored 21 points (9-10 FG, 3-7 FT) while adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 121-103 victory over the Knicks. Gortat is not know for scoring on this roster, but he made the most of his opportunities Wednesday night and collected his first 20-point game of the season. This may be an outlier for Gortat, but he remains a nightly double-double threat given the players surrounding him.
Gorat failed to score (0-4 FG) and posted seven rebounds, three assists and four steals across 24 minutes in Monday's 116-69 loss to the Jazz. The veteran big man managed to generate some serviceable counting stats despite coming up empty in the scoring column. Gortat had shot 50 percent or better in six of his previous eight games, so Monday's showing was an atypical bump in the road. The veteran remains a viable source of rebounds and a double-double candidate on any given night, but he's averaging his lowest amount of shot attempts (7.6) and points (9.7) since his 2010-11 campaign in Orlando.
Gortat scored 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 FT) to go along with 12 rebounds, three assists and four steals over 32 minutes in Friday's 109-91 win over Detroit. Despite collecting his seventh double-double of the season, Gortat is averaging a meager 8.6 points to go with 7.2 rebounds over his last five games. The center's inconsistency as an offensive player (10.1 points) is not boosted by his 8.7 rebounds per game. In the four games prior to Friday, Gortat had been stuck in the single digits in the point column. Overall, Gortat is an unreliable option for scoring, but, will collect a decent amount of rebounds.
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