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In a fairly shallow free-agent pool, the Wizards opted to re-sign Marcin Gortat to a five-year deal.
Even in the playoffs, fans were already talking about what would happen with Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza.
Washington at least answered one of those quickly, getting a five-year, $60 million deal done with the center early on in free agency.
The Wizards get points here for locking up Gortat, as he was the best center available in free agency. But they lose points for the length of the contract.
No matter what, Washington was going to end up overpaying for a big man this offseason; it's just the way the market is. Besides Gortat, the next-best options were all on the level of Spencer Hawes or Chris Kaman, both players who have questions about even being starters.
Greg Monroe would have been the only option who is on the level of Gortat currently, and the Wizards would have had to give him an offer the Pistons couldn't match, which would have eventually led to overpaying.
Gortat was second on the team in player efficiency rating (not including Drew Gooden's 22 games) behind only John Wall and was 12th in the league this year in double-doubles.
He won't live up to the cost of the contract when he's 34 and 35, but he can still be a contributor to the Wizards into those later years in some form.
"The Polish Hammer" has been playing starter minutes in the NBA for only four years now. He played in just 12 games in the Euroleague before coming over, and in his four years with the Orlando Magic, Gortat started a total of only five games.
He's shown that he can be a healthy center, and this was the best option for the Wizards given the lack of other options in free agency.