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Gortat doesn’t want to escape “sinking boat” in Phoenix

Jan 10, 2013, 11:55 AM EST

Marcin Gortat, Jared Sullinger AP

The Phoenix Suns are bad. They are just flat out not a good team, which is part of what you expect for a couple years during a rebuilding process.

As the trade deadline nears, teams are going to call up and ask about Marcin Gortat — a quality NBA center who makes a reasonable contract of $7.2 million this year and $7.7 million next season. Gortat brings 11.6 points a game on 53.8 percent shooting plus 8.9 rebounds. He’s got a PER of 17.4. He’s not an All-Star but he’s good and affordable.

But Gortat doesn’t want to be traded, he told Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com.

“Basically I just don’t want to feel like a loser and escape,” he told CSNNE.com. “The team needs you and then all of a sudden you escape because you said you wanted to be traded or you asked for a trade? It’s not like that.

“If someone’s going to decide to trade me, it is a business. I’ll understand that. But now I’m on the Phoenix Suns and I’m going to help….

“Right now I feel like it’s hard to leave this sinking boat, you know what I mean, just go to a different team and escape from everything,” he said. “I started with this team in training camp. I’ve been here for three years right now. This is my third year and basically I’m trying to help this team, help this team as much as I can. “

The Suns are rebuilding, if a team can offer them young players and picks that can help the cause management likely entertains a trade for Gortat. But they are not giving him away for your junk — quality NBA centers are hard to come by and the Suns have such an asset. They will keep him if all the offers are lowball.

Which is just fine with Gortat.

  1. sellahh - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    It’s funny how centers like DeAndre or Perkins have salaries in range of 10mln per year and Gortat makes like 6/year.

    • borderline1988 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Everyone knows Perkins is wildly overpaid…that guy is just flat out overrated, and has been so his entire career. His only worth is to single cover big men who like to score with their backs to the basket.
      Otherwise, he’s pretty much useless.

      But Jordan makes a bit more sense…he has much more upside than Gortat and is more of an athlete (and better rebounder). Gortat may have a slightly more developed offensive game, but that’s about it.

      • sellahh - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Nothing what you said is true. Upside is just what it is, upside. DeAndre is just a decent shotblocker and that’s where his defensive presence ends. Good rebounder? Meh…

      • BigBeachBall - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        You obviously haven’t seen Perkins shoot from 18 feet out…

    • abchome - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Actually DeAndre’s stat this year, adjusted for playing time, is nearly identical to Gortat’s. And DeAndre is a much bigger presence defensively. Athletic big men always get overpaid. Yet the Clippers’ original offer was a more reasonable $8 million per, thanks to the Warriors for messing bidding up.

  2. pacific123ocean - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I wonder how his coach feels about calling his own team “a sinking boat”?

    • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Well, he’s only telling the truth. He didn’t even use it in a negative context if you actually read the article in it’s entirety and not just that tiny quote. He spoke about not wanting to make it seem like he’s giving up on the team by being traded, personal responsibility. Those are words a coach would die to hear, especially in tough times the Suns are in right now. I don’t know how the hell Gentry or anyone else can have a problem with that without thoroughly reading what he said.

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      The coach himself has called out the team in public many times, so I doubt he’s expecting players to sugar-coat the situation.

    • aarondommin - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      They have the 4th worst record in the league. He’s a realist. All he is saying is he’s not going to ask to abandon the team when its struggling. Hopefully it wont last long with a top five pick after the year and potentially another lottery pick from those turrible Lakers the Suns got in that not so terrible looking Nash trade…

  3. mungman69 - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Gortat is a quality center who could help a lot of teams.

  4. misterdreamer119 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    His name is martin gortat not martin go-rat, as in sinking ship.

  5. phx1311 - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Sending the love right back Marcin. Go suns !!!

  6. imthewiz77 - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    give ya turner and moultrie for him

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