One day after the Wizards were eliminated in the NBA Playoffs in Game 7 against the Boston Celtics, Wizards center Marcin Gortat openly questioned his future with the organization while meeting with reporters in his final media availability of the season. He noted the signing of center Ian Mahinmi the summer before and how both his role and the league had changed. Gortat said he and his agent would speak with the team to determine his next step.
On Wednesday, Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld confirmed that a conversation has already taken place. While addressing the media on the team's final predraft workout day, he sounded committed to keeping Gortat around.
"I've talked to March. March is with us. March, we've had him for four years. He's averaged a double-double for four years. He's been in the second round for three out of those four years and is a big part of what we're doing. Everybody has frustration after a tough loss and a tough series. March is with us and he's going to be a big part of what we're doing," Grunfeld said.
Gortat, 33, has two years left on his contract worth $26 million. He is due $12.8 million in 2017-18. He played in all 82 games this past season and averaged 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds.
Mahinmi was signed to a four-year, $64 million contract last offseason and spent most of the 2016-17 campaign dealing with injuries. But when healthy, he rarely played with Gortat given their similar styles. Once Mahinmi returned from injury in February, Gortat's minutes were pared down.
Given the two will make close to $30 million combined next season and aren't good fits to play on the floor together, it would not be surprising if the Wizards made a move with one or the other.