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Wizards re-sign C Gortat

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 10 2014 11:13:48 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 10 2014 11:13:48 AM CDT

The Washington Wizards officially re-signed center Marcin Gortat, the team announced Thursday.

Multiple media outlets reported previously that Gortat received a five-year, $60 million deal.

"Re-signing Marcin was a top priority for us this summer so that we could maintain continuity and improve on what we accomplished last season," team president Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. "His scoring ability, rebounding and defensive presence are matched only by his work ethic, leadership and personality, which all combine to make him an excellent fit in what we are trying to build moving forward."

Gortat averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 33 minutes per game last season with the Wizards. He shot .542 from the field in 81 games.

The Polish native led the team with 37 double-doubles and was second in the NBA in double-doubles (20) after the All-Star break.

In 11 playoff games last season, Gortat averaged 13.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting .492 from the field.

In seven seasons with Orlando, Phoenix and Washington, Gortat holds career averages of 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 438 career games.

Gortat was originally selected with the 57th overall pick in the 2005 draft by Phoenix, which then traded his rights to Orlando for future considerations.