Wake-up call: Marcin Gortat hints at remaining with Wizards

Wake-up call: Marcin Gortat hints at remaining with Wizards
May 2, 2014, 6:00 am
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Marcin Gortat needs more time with John Wall. He cant wait to work with him in the offseason so they can work out together. Of course, this implies that Gortat, who is an unrestricted free agent, intends to re-sign with the Wizards. He didn't say that exactly, but read between the lines.

"I can play three, four games the right way and the fifth game everything we screw up. I feel more comfortable but I still feels there's more room to improve. It will take time to make an incredibly good duo between me and John," said Gortat, when asked if he feels fully acclimated in Washington after he'd said earlier in the season that the chemistry was lacking. "He believes me but I still believe there could be better trust between us. It's just going to take time. In the offseason, I got to meet (with) him and go play some pickup games together and just work on our pick-and-roll game together. Right now we're already doing a pretty good job. But we can do better."

Gortat, who makes $7.7 million this season, was traded to the Wizards just five days before the regular season tipped and it was rocky road for the 6-11 center. He was candid about not knowing, or liking, his role as the fourth or fifth option. 

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The offense runs through Nene. But now, even if Gortat doesn't score, he's getting his touches immediately to engage him. In the Game 5 closeout of the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, Gortat only had two points but 13 rebounds and three blocks. 

He figures to get a salary bump, somewhere around $10 million, to stay in Washington. 

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau sang Gortat's praises after the Wizards clinched the series.

"Gortat doesn't get the credit he deserves," Thibodeau said. "He is one of those guys, blue collar, he is out there banging on every play. He does his job, he has great hands, goes to the basket. He is hard to guard."