HoopsHype Marcin Gortat rumors

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"I like the city. I like the team. I definitely feel comfortable over there. The team really took me under their wing and they helped me since Day 1. I love the chemistry between me and John Wall," said Gortat, who was traded by the Phoenix Suns to Washington less than a week before last season began and signed a fully guaranteed five-year, $60 million deal to stay put. "I think Bradley Beal is going to be a great player one day. Coach Randy (Wittman) believes in me. I have a great relationship with him. CSNWashington.com

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The Wizards did what a lot of teams would have done by overpaying to keep Gortat, one of their most reliable big men. They could have gotten him for a lot less than $60 million, as he had no intentions of leaving Washington, where he enjoys hanging out with his friends from the Polish Embassy. He has designs on going into politics when he retires. New York Daily News

While checking out the action, Gortat decided to sit down with NBA TV for an interview and offered his first comments since deciding to return to Washington. “A lot of different reasons,” Gortat said, when asked why he elected to stay with the Wizards. “First of all, I like the city. I like the team. I definitely feel comfortable over there. The team really took me under the wing and they help me since the day one. I definitely love the chemistry between me and John Wall. I think Bradley Beal is going to be a great player one day. Coach Randy [Wittman] believes in me, and I have a great relationship with him. So, the decision was real easy for me. I believe that we will be a special team for the next four or five years.” Washington Post

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Now, it is on Riley to replenish a roster that failed in a five-game NBA Finals loss to San Antonio. As Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday, James is pursuing a full max contract extension, beginning at $20.6 million – or something slightly below. Bosh and Wade will need to take pay cuts – Wade's significant – to create the cap space for Miami to be competitive in pursuit of free agent targets that include Kyle Lowry, Luol Deng, Marcin Gortat, Trevor Ariza and Marvin Williams. Yahoo! Sports

I've heard Marcin Gortat mentioned in connection with the Cavs, but he will be hot item on the market. The 6-foot-11, 240-pounder is a physical center. He averaged 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds in 33 minutes a game for Washington, and the Wizards really want to keep him. Any contender would love to have Gortat, because he sets serious picks and loves to defend. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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