Goodbye Gortat? Reports say Marcin headed to Dallas

According to multiple reports, including this one from ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Magic center Marcin Gortat has verbally agreed to sign an offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks. So what does this mean to the Magic? Well, a couple things. Since Gortat is a restricted free agent, the Magic reserve the right to match any offer Dallas makes. According to Stein, the Mavs are prepared to offer Gortat their full mid-level exception on a five year deal. Gortat was a valuable member of Orlando’s run to the NBA Finals, but is he really worth five million a year? He only averaged 3.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game during the regular season and 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the playoffs. During his rookie year of 2007-08, Gortat barely got off the Magic bench. If the Magic choose to match the offer, it will put them into the dollar-for-dollar luxury tax, meaning Gortat’s contract with Orlando would essentially be for 10 million a year. Because of these facts the Magic aren’t expected to match, and Gortat is a goner. What do you think? Are you sad to see Gortat go? Should the Magic match the offer from Dallas?

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily

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