Marcin Gortat Rumors

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Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
Position: C
Born: 02/17/84
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $12,782,609
Marcin Gortat: “I have the same feeling pretty much where I know what I can do, I know what I can bring to the table, especially with the crew that we have and the coaches that we have. I’m going to try to do the same this year: be available for 82 games or at least 82 games and give 110 percent from my tank. If I can come up with another season where I’m one of the top six, seven or eight rebounders in the league, that’s going to be great. Obviously, I would still like to add a few blocks to that and a few points, but that depends on what kind of system we’re going to have and what kind of role I’m going to have this season.”
Here is how Gortat explained his situation on the podcast: “First of all, I knew it right away that I would be coming back. I still have a contract and at the end of the day, I’m a Wizards player. I still have two fully guaranteed years. When I went for the exit interview, I was just preparing myself for the worst. You’ve gotta be ready in this business. You’ve gotta be ready that one day you might get a phone call saying that ‘hey, I appreciate everything that you did, but we’re going to go in a different direction and trade you.’ I’ve been traded twice in my life. I know how it is. So, at the exit interview I just said I was going to talk to my agent and whatever is going to happen. That doesn’t mean I wanted to be traded. It doesn’t mean that I’m leaving or that I don’t want to play for the Washington Wizards. It’s just that my situation with the team had completely changed. It’s not a secret that the first 40 to 50 games I was playing heavy minutes and then it completely dropped. I didn’t have the same amount of touches that I had the previous two or three years.
Storyline: Marcin Gortat Trade?
“But listen, at the end of the day, if the team is winning then I’m fine with that. It’s all about winning and taking a step forward, going to the playoffs and hopefully reaching the conference finals and hopefully one day the NBA Finals. But it was just a tough situation for me certain weeks and certain months. In the playoffs, I had games where I was able to perform at the highest level and then the next game I was completely out of the game. So, it was tough. But like I said before, just because I said that in the exit interview stuff like that, doesn’t mean I don’t want to be on the team. I was just preparing myself that I might be traded. At the end of the day, I know I’m not the youngest one.”
During a reception following the royal couple’s lunch with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Gortat said he shook the prince’s hand and chatted with him for a few minutes. Their conversation included Premier League talk, with Gortat asking Prince William whether he’s more of a Manchester United or Chelsea fan. (The future king is an Aston Villa supporter because when he got into football as a kid, he didn’t want to be like all of his friends.) More importantly, Gortat invited Prince William to a Wizards game. He probably should’ve clarified he meant basketball, not Quidditch.