July 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Marcin Gortat gets five-year, $60M deal with Wizards

Acquired in a trade from the Phoenix Suns just before the start of the regular season, Marcin Gortat played a major role in the Wizards' return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

Washington — A person familiar with the deal says center Marcin Gortat has agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract to remain with the Washington Wizards.

The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be signed until July 10 under NBA free agency rules.

Shortly afterward, Gortat tweeted: “I’m proud to say Washington will be my home.”

Acquired in a trade from the Phoenix Suns just before the start of the regular season, Gortat played a major role in the Wizards’ return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He averaged 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds and missed only one game.

Gortat was in the final year of his contract, but he made it clear he wanted to return to the Wizards.