The Austin Rivers-Marcin Gortat trade could signal big changes for both the ...

Gortat has been the long time starter at center for the Wizards and averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his final season in Washington.

The only other big man on the Wizards’ roster is Ian Mahinmi , and the Clippers already have DeAndre Jordan holding down the center slot.

Jordan has a $24.1 million player option for next season, and he can opt out his contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Wizards, on the other hand, have needed help when John Wall or Bradley Beal goes to the bench, and Rivers could do just that.

Washington needs an athletic big man to run and jump with Wall , Beal and Otto Porter, and Dwight Howard and the Brooklyn Nets are working on a buyout that will vault him into this year’s free agency pool.

The Wizards don’t have cap space to sign free agents, but Howard will be paid handsomely by Brooklyn this season, likely in the $15-20 million ball park of his $23.8 million salary.

The Wizards can exceed the salary cap to sign him to the taxpayers mid-level exception that starts at around $5.5 million per year.

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