Gortat was traded from the Wizards to the Clippers on Tuesday in exchange for Austin Rivers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Gortat and star guard John Wall's relationship had soured a bit last season and it appears the Wizards also could be looking to get more athletic at the center position moving forward. As a result, Gortat will be shipped to the Clippers, where DeAndre Jordan currently slots in as the starting big man. Tuesday's trade likely means Jordan will be on the move in the near future, which would allow Gortat the chance to compete for a spot in the top unit right away. Starting all 82 games with Washington last season, Gortat averaged just 8.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists across 25.3 minutes, so he's still not the most intriguing fantasy target if Jordan is traded.
Gortat posted 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and one block across 34 minutes during Wednesday's 108-98 loss to the Raptors. Gortat topped 30 minutes for the first time this series as Jonas Valanciunas saw extended run as well, notching double-digit rebounds for the first time this series for his first double-double. He struggled a bit offensively, but he still scored in double figures for the fourth time this postseason. The veteran also notably blocked his first shot of the series and will look to put on a similar performance as his team looks to stave off elimination in Game 6 Friday.
Gortat scored 16 points (8-10 FG) to go along with five rebounds and one assist across 26 minutes during Friday's 122-103 win over the Raptors. Gortat played just over half the game, but he scored effectively against the soft Toronto frountcourt, eclipsing his point total from the first two games of the series combined. He was coming off a dismal Game 2 which saw him held scoreless across just 12 minutes, so this was a nice bounce-back effort in a pivotal win. Gortat will need to give Washington something in the middle if they are to hang around in the series, and he'll look to do just that Sunday in Game 4.
Gortat accounted for 10 points (5-9 FG), seven rebounds, one assist and one block during the Wizards' 119-115 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Gortat's nine field goal attempts Thursday were his highest total since discharging nine on March. 27 against the Spurs and as a result, was able to finish in double figures. The Polish product is contributing 8.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in his 11th NBA season.
Gortat scored 18 points (6-8 FG, 6-6 FT) to go with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes during Saturday's 109-102 win against Indiana. After going five games since the last time he scored in double-figures, Gortat exploded for his highest scoring night since his season-high 21 points on January 3. In addition, the center racked up eight boards to complete what was an all-around impressive statistical night. However, offensive consistency has not been Gortat's strong suit this season. Since scoring in double figures in each of the first five games of the season, he has only hit double-digits in as many as four straight games once since then. Other than that, there have been long stretches of offensive futility leading to his 8.4 points per game average this season.
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