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Gortat had 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 FT), 10 rebounds, a block, an assist and four turnovers in 26 minutes during Monday's preseason opener against the Bulls.

After signing a five-year, $60 million contract in the offseason, the 30-year-old Gortat is locked in as the starting center for the foreseeable future. The Wizards upgraded their frontcourt depth, but Gortat still figures to play approximately the same number of minutes. He averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals over 33 minutes last season, shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 68.6 percent from the line.

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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.