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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.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 5 Months

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.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 6 Months

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.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 6 Months

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.

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Marcin Gortat grabbed 15 boards during Monday's Game 1 win over the Pacers, scoring 12 points with two assists and three blocks on 4-of-12 shooting.

The Wizards owned the glass tonight and won the offensive-board battle 17-6 tonight. That led to a win second-chance points of 19-5. The Wizards didn't play their usual style with just 14 fast-break points, which was less than Indiana's 20. Gortat and Nene are definitely not like Pero Antic of the Hawks and they're presence went a long way tonight to go up 1-0. Game 2 is on Wednesday.

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A man threatened Marcin Gortat after Game 5 on Tuesday, but he was reported to NBA security and a Wizards' spokesperson said the situation has been "handled."

"He was saying that there's a bomb in the plane [and] my country is going to get bombed," explained Gortat. The Wizards had an otherwise uneventful trip home from Chicago following their series-clinching victory, and this awful incident should already be in the rearview mirror as they look ahead to playing either the Pacers or Hawks in the second round.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 7 Months

Marin Gortat was going through his normal routine of running onto the court to high-five his teammates during a timeout in Game 3, but that resulted in him being stuck in the middle of the floor when a mini-fight was breaking out between Nene and Jimmy Butler.

Leaving the bench during an altercation is an automatic suspension, but the league used some common sense here and gave Gortat a break. "I'm always one of the first guys jumping onto the court, trying to give a high-five to players and when I seen the fight was going on, I just froze," Gortat said. "I was right there on the middle of the court. Just because I was there, I could've put myself and my team in trouble." And the Wizards are going to need him with Nene suspended for today's game.