On Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline, the Washington Wizards sent point guard Eric Maynor to the Philadelphia 76ers and forward Jan Vesely to the Denver Nuggets in order to acquire veteran point Andre Miller from the Nuggets.
Although Maynor has been a disaster and Miller has long been rumored to be the Wizards’ backup point guard, center Macin Gortat didn’t see the deal coming.
“Yesterday obviously when I woke up I was sitting watching TV and I some point I decided to check the HoopsHype,” Marcin Gortat said on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “I was just shocked. I dropped the glass out of my hands and I was just shocked. Eric [Maynor] is a very good point guard. I don’t think he really got his opportunity to play, and he has to play because he’s pretty good. … For Jan, I was shocked because he was the first guy who helped me the most here on this team right after the trade. From Day One he helped me to settle down, set up everything here in Washington and he was great to me. I never had such a great friend from Day One. It doesn’t matter where he’s gonna play; we’re always gonna stick together. He’s my boy for life now.”
Despite Maynor having a terrible season and Vesely becoming a bust, it’s nice to see a player go to bat for his teammates or in this case, former teammates.