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Marcin Gortat's days with the Washington Wizards are over, as the veteran center was shipped to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed.

The Wizards received guard Austin Rivers for Gortat. Rivers, 25, leaves the team coached by his father, Doc.

The Wizards will save some money with this deal. Gortat is due $13.6 million next season while Rivers is set to earn $12.7 million. That year is a player option, which Rivers picked up last week.

Gortat exits Washington after his fifth season with the team. He joined Washington in a trade with the Phoenix Suns back in 2013.

Gortat was a rock for the Wizards. He missed only eight games in his five years and averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds along the way.

The Wizards made four playoff appearances in five years with Gortat in the mix. The 34-year-old has played 11 total NBA seasons.

With Gortat out of the picture, the Wizards only have three big men under contract: Ian Mahinmi, Jason Smith and Markieff Morris.

Rivers averaged 15.1 points in 61 games last season. Team president Ernie Grunfeld commented on the acquisition in a press release.

“Acquiring Austin gives us another versatile, experienced player who provides scoring and playmaking,” said Grunfeld. “He is coming off a career year and his ability to create offense for himself and others will help our second unit and allow us to play a variety of lineups throughout the season.”

ESPN first reported the news.

 

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