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Marcin Gortat opened up for the first time since agreeing to a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Wizards about why he chose to return to D.C.

"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... 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." Gortat had a great year with the Wizards last season, averaging 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks a game, while shooting 54.2 percent from the field. With little changing to the Wizards frontcourt, one could expect similar results for next season.

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Washington C Marcin Gortat has agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Wizards.

That didn't take long. Gortat was a great grab for the Wizards when they acquired him from the Suns last season, and his heart seems to be in Washington. Gortat averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 81 games last year.

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Unrestricted free agent Marcin Gortat is meeting with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.

The Wizards reportedly want to move quickly to re-sign Gortat after trading a first-round pick to the Suns for him last summer. Gortat averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 0.5 steal in his first season with Washington as the 30-year-old meshed well with Nene up front. All indications point towards Gortat re-signing with the Wizards, but he'll remain a solid mid-level big man in fantasy circles regardless of his destination.

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The Wizards are sending coach Randy Wittman, senior vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard and others to Portland on July 1 to convince Marcin Gortat to re-sign with the Wizards.

The Wizards stole him away from the Suns last summer and Gortat was worth the first-round draft pick, averaging 13.2 points, 9.5 boards, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals on 54.2 percent from the field last season. The Wizards ran much of their offense through Gortat pick-and-rolls as the year went on, so he a full offseason could help his offense even more.

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The Mavericks reportedly have "significant interest" in free agent center Marcin Gortat, but fear they'll be out-bid by the Wizards.

Gortat came into his own last season, helping the Wizards advance to the playoffs for the first time in five years before losing to the Pacers in the second round. Frontcourt partner Nene has already lobbied for Gortat to return with the Wizards, who have ample salary-cap space to lock up the 30-year-old bruiser with a multi-year contract. If they can't land Gortat, the Mavericks may pursue Pau Gasol in free agency or try to trade with the Knicks for Tyson Chandler.

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Nene recently lobbied for free agent Marcin Gortat to re-sign with the Wizards this summer.

Washington's two big men developed a great chemistry as the season progressed, and the Wizards would do well to keep their frontcourt intact. Nene even dipped into the Jerry Maguire playbook to express his admiration for Gortat, saying, "He completes me ... On the court." With Trevor Ariza also heading into free agency, Washington will have to make some important decisions in the coming months.

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Marcin Gortat said that he would "love" to re-sign with the Wizards as a free agent this summer, citing John Wall as a major draw.

"There are a few different things I'm going to look at [in a team] and definitely one the biggest things for me is a point guard," Gortat said. "Obviously John is a tremendous talent. He's definitely going to get better next year." Wall led the NBA in total assists this season while playing in all 82 games for the first time in his career, and his chemistry with Gortat may be enough to keep the Polish Hammer in D.C.

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Free agent Marcin Gortat said that he won't play for Team Poland this summer.

No surprise there. Gortat is looking at a nice payday with some decent control over where he eventually lands, so risking injury isn't worth it this time around.

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Marcin Gortat scored 19 points vs. the Pacers on Thursday with six boards, one assist and one turnover in 41 minutes.

He was probably Washington's best player tonight and did a great job setting screens to set the tone on offense. Gortat had a great year in his first campaign with the Wizards and he should have a similar role heading into next season.

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Marcin Gortat had 31 points, 16 rebounds, a steal and a block, and John Wall knocked down open jumpers, hitting 11-of-20 shots and three 3-pointers for 27 points, five rebounds and five assists as the Wizards crushed the Pacers 102-79 in Tuesday's Game 5 win.

The series is now 3-2 in favor of Indy, but they looked like anything but the No. 1 seed tonight. It appeared they had righted the ship, but this was a big step backwards as they head to Washington for Game 6 on Thursday, where the Wiz have a chance to force a Game 7 (in Indy). Gortat became the first Washington player to rack up a 30 & 15 playoff game since Moses Malone in 1987. Bradley Beal added 18 points, eight boards, four assists and two 3-pointers tonight, while Trevor Ariza double-doubled with 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the easy win. And to add insult to injury, the Wizards outrebounded the Pacers 62-23 tonight, which is not a misprint.