Jan 25, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) and Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza (1) try and block out Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) during the fourth quarter at EnergySolutions Arena. Utah Jazz won the game 104-101. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Marcin Gortat is Washington Wizards' priority


Although they lost to the Indiana Pacers in six games, the Washington Wizards had a fantastic season, returning to the playoffs and disposing of the Chicago Bulls in five games during the first round.

Now, they have two key free agents, center Marcin Gortat and forward Trevor Ariza. They want to keep both, but they may not be financially possible.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Gortat is the priority.

The Polish Hammer is undoubtedly the priority.

The Wiz, remember, surrendered a first-round pick to Phoenix mere days before the start of the season to acquire Gortat from the Suns in what was seen a desperate move by a playoff-starved franchise.

But Gortat justified Washington’s faith with the way he partnered with Nene on the front line and is sure to generate plenty of interest in free agency entering a summer with no shortage of cap-space teams. The Wiz know it, expect it and still give off the vibe that they won’t allow Gortat to be pilfered.

It’s a vow, though, that they can’t make as readily when it comes to Ariza.

Gortat averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.


Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Marcin Gortat NBA Rumors Trevor Ariza Washington Wizards