Wizards Notes: Gortat, Ariza, Miller, Satoransky

The Wizards didn’t end up with a player from Thursday’s draft, trading their only pick, Jordan Clarkson at No. 46, to the Lakers for $1.8MM. Washington’s focus appears to be on free agency instead, and there’s news about Marcin Gortat, presumably the team’s top offseason priority, amid the latest from the nation’s capital:

  • Gortat and Trevor Ariza are “priority 1A and 1A” for the Wizards, who’ll meet with the swingman after seeing Gortat, Michael tweets.

Earlier updates:

  • Wizards coach Randy Wittman and senior vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard are headed to Gortat’s native Poland to convince the soon-to-be free agent center to re-sign with the team, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com. The Wizards are “extremely optimistic” that the visit will cinch a deal with the 30-year-old, Michael adds via Twitter.
  • The Wizards are leaning toward retaining Andre Miller rather than waiving him before his $4.625MM salary becomes fully guaranteed at the end of Saturday, reports Michael Lee of The Washington Post. Miller’s contract is already partially guaranteed for $2MM.
  • Wizards 2012 second-round pick Tomas Satoransky will remain in Spain for next season after agreeing to a deal with FC Barcelona, as fellow Post scribe Brandon Parker details. Washington knew of the agreement before it traded Clarkson to the Lakers, Parker notes.
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