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Martin Gortat says Magic are close to trading him

Jul 8, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

nba_gortat.jpgApparently they have annoying morning shows in Poland, too. Like the one roughly translated as “Coffee or Tea Center”

But on that this morning, Magic backup center Martin Gortat said the team has told him they plan to trade him in the near future.

That is what is in Sport.pl (via the fantastic Ben Q. Rock at Orlando Pinstripe Post). Here is the Google Translation:

Today I received news that the chances are that I would be traded to another club – said the basketball player. Asked whether the club is unable to guarantee him a place in the starting composition, Gortat just smiled mysteriously.

I love it when Gortat smiles mysteriously.

Gortat has wanted to be traded — he wants to play more and the Magic have Dwight Howard in front of him. Gortat’s good, but if you have Howard you play him all you can. The Magic have told Gortat they would move him in the right deal.

The Magic are looking to shake up their roster some after they fell in the conference semi-finals last playoffs. Gortat has value, and could bring a good player to the Magic.

But who is that player… [smiles mysteriously]

  1. dan - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    His name isn’t Martin Gortat, it is Marcin!

  2. john - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    MARCIN GORTAT! Dont you have editors?

  3. Mike - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    and Orlando didn’t lose in the Semi-Finals. They lost in the finals, what great research editor!

  4. Rob - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Gortat for Michael Beasley. Count on it. Beasley gives the Magic a true 4 that can score, Gortat gives the Heat a Center.

  5. Jared - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    I doubt the Magic’s GM is dumb enough to make that trade…

  6. Rob - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    The same GM that grossly overpaid for Vince Carter’s old ass and just overpaid Chris Duhon, wouldn’t trade their backup Center for a 21 year old former #2 draft pick? Beasley was used as a spot-up jump shooter in Miami, the same as Udonis Haslem. That’s not Beasley’s game. He’s best posting up and using his athleticism near the hoop. The trade would be good for both teams. Aside from Dwight, Orlando is extremely soft.

  7. Matt - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Ummm, last play-offs Orlando didn’t make it into the finals, maybe you need to do your own research?

  8. Kevin - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Um pretty sure the magic didn’t overpay vc they traded for him, and as far as the argument for the finals pretty sure they meant east finals which they lost in. Not east semi finals

  9. Doug - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    No way Gortat for Beasley happens. Numbers dont match up and Otis would NEVER help the Heat in any way after they helt SVG hostage for draft picks a couple years ago. Also, Beasley is a head case that puts no effort into improving his game. SVG would kill him inside of 2 weeks

  10. me - Jul 8, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Gortat later clarified that it’s T-Wolves who are interested

  11. choy - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Gortat for Haslem
    win-win
    Miami needs a C. Haslem can provide rebounding help for Howard, a veteran presence, and championship experience. he can play some center and defend other bigs. Plus he has a reliable 15-footer and is proven he can hit big shots. he’s a championship level role player

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