Wake-up call: Bradley Beal sees 'terrific' future with Gortat, Ariza

Wake-up call: Bradley Beal sees 'terrific' future with Gortat, Ariza
July 3, 2014, 6:00 am
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That the Wizards will have many of the same players for the 2014-15 season, with a few tweaks, is good news the way Bradley Beal sees it. That doesn't translate into settling for just advancing to the second-round of the playoffs because he maintains they'll all be better. 

They re-signed Marcin Gortat when free agency opened Tuesday and are in good position to retain Trevor Ariza. 

"If you see all the great teams each and every year they have the same teams. We have a great corp right now. Our next step is getting Trev back and the rest of these guys back. Once we do that we're going to be terrific, man," Beal told CSNwashington.com on Wednesday. "I can definitely see it. I can feel it. We're each going to get better.

"I know me and John (Wall) are going to continue to compete. I know Otto (Porter) is going to get better. Glen (Rice) is going to get better. I know Martell (Webster) is out so those two guys got to step up more but I think it's going to be a great year for us honestly. We've got to stick to what we do best and the rest will take care of itself."

The Wizards have been discussing how to fine-tune their approach. When Webster returns from back surgery, he'll likely be used more at shooting guard behind Beal. So even if the Wizards can keep Ariza, it'll open up space for Porter, in his second season, to get more time. 

Rice, also a rookie who didn't play after he had surgery on his right wrist in December, will get more time. That's because Webster won't be around until December at the earliest and could take time to round into game shape. And even if he does, Rice could have solidified his spot. 

Keeping Gortat in the fold, however, brought the biggest smile to Beal's face. 

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"When I talked to him I could just tell he wanted to be back and play with me and John (Wall) and the rest of the guys. I'm definitely excited. He's a big key piece to our team," Beal said. "He brought versatility and he brought it each and every game on each end of the floor. He's somebody you always can depend on. If you need a basket down low you just throw him the ball and get out the way because he's going to score the ball."

Another quality Gortat showed in his first season with the Wizards can't be quantified in his 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He has the thick skin and resolve that puts forth a good example for the rest of the locker room.

"You can always just get on March and he can accept it and move on for it," Beal said. "He's a man on top of that. He's the Polish hammer. With a name like that we got to get that guy back."