Lakers Nation Free Agent Of The Week: Marcin Gortat
[new_royalslider id=”156″]

With the Los Angeles Lakers entering the off-season with plenty of cap room, we’re examining potential free agents and their fit with the team. Thus far we have discussed a wing player in Lance Stephenson and a point guard with Kyle Lowry. This week, we shift our attention to the big men and highlight Washington Wizards center, Marcin Gortat.

Age: 30
Height: 6-11
Weight: 240
Position: C/PF
2013-14 Statistics: 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds

After acquiring Gortat from the Phoenix Suns, the Wizards went all-in trying to reach the playoffs. The addition of Gortat not only made the Wizards better, but his presence accelerated the growth of their young backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Gortat had an impressive year during 2013-14 and was a valuable part of the Wizards playoff run. With the Wizards’ season on the line, Gortat dominated the Pacers for 31 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Wizards in a Game 5 win. Unfortunately, the Wizards season would come to end two days later.

Regardless, Gortat established himself as one of the best big men available in this free agent class and should see a number of offers.

— Think You Know Everything About Kobe Bryant? Take The Ultimate Kobe Quiz! —


Gortat has earned a reputation as one of the game’s best screeners. His strong frame allows him to set good, hard picks. When the defense has to help out from the screens, Gortat is a skilled roll man and finishes his shots at a high mark. When Gortat played with Steve Nash in Phoenix, he saw his best years in the NBA while shooting above 55 percent.

It remains to be seen if Nash will be healthy enough to contribute for the Lakers, but if the team pairs Gortat with another excellent pick and roll point guard, there will be plenty of opportunities for Gortat to put up points.

Gortat is also good with his back to the basket and is pretty athletic for a guy with his size. In all, Gortat is a solid offensive player that the Lakers could use to meat up their front court.


The addition of Gortat would automatically improve the Lakers’ defense around the rim. He understands where he needs to be and isn’t afraid to contest shots and came up with 1.5 blocks a game. In addition, he often finds himself in perfect position to grab rebounds and limit the other teams’ second chance opportunities.

When asked to defend other big men, Gortat is more than able to making it difficult for them to score. During the second round matchup against the Pacers, he helped in shutting down Roy Hibbert in their two victories. The Laker frontcourt as a whole struggled on defense and could use Gortat down low.

Contract Outlook

2013-14 Salary: $7,727,280

As one the best big men on the market, Gortat is expected to see a raise. Given his ability to affect the game on both ends and his solid all-around play, he is likely to earn a multi-year deal worth around $10 million a year.

Landing With Lakers Odds: 15 to 1

The Wizards will have to make an interesting decision whether or not they want to keep Gortat. While Gortat has come out and said he would like to remain in Washington, he is getting older and that could be a legitimate concern for teams wanted to commit to him long term.

The Lakers will likely be looking to improve their front court. As it stands, only Robert Sacre is signed on for 2014-15 with the Lakers having to figure out if they want to retain Pau Gasol, Ryan Kelly, Chris Kaman, or Jordan Hill. Even though Gortat would likely stay with the Wizards, the Lakers should at least give Gortat an offer and see if he is willing to listen.
NBA Draft Combine: Lakers Mitch Kupchak Talks Kobe Bryant’s Influence On Coach

Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

Pau Gasol Recalls Meeting Kobe Bryant For First Time After Lakers-Grizzlies Trade

The Los Angeles Lakers completely changed their championship outlook during the 2007-08 NBA season when they traded…

Lakers Rookie Ivica Zubac Talks About Facing Dwight Howard In NBA Debut

With Timofey Mozgov forced to sit out due to an eye contusion, the Los Angeles Lakers called upon rookie Ivica Zubac to shoulder the load as the starting center against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday…

Lakers News: Jordan Farmar Discusses Playing With Nick Young

The last time Jordan Farmar wore a Laker uniform was Game Seven…

Lakers News: Steve Nash Is Out Vs. Warriors Tonight

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Lakers starting point…