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One draft scenario could see Suns looking to trade Marcin Gortat

Jun 23, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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The Suns have the fifth overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft, and due to a combination of both their own needs and the uncertainty about how the four picks before theirs are going to shake out, the team is wisely preparing for a wide variety of scenarios.

At least one of those might see Phoenix looking to trade Marcin Gortat, should one of the draft’s coveted big men fall to them at the five slot.

From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

If the Suns go big, it would be because [Nerlens Noel] plummeted unexpectedly, but not impossibly, to No. 5. Noel, 19, is a 7-footer with premier shot-blocking skills and athleticism but is going through knee rehabilitation for a surgically repaired ACL. Len, a 7-footer from Ukraine, is a more versatile big man who Suns scouts have liked for his upside as a rebounder, paint protector and scorer who is also 19.

A big-man acquisition could spur trade talk involving center Marcin Gortat, particularly with the Suns being open to the idea of landing another first-round pick. Portland, which holds the No. 10 pick, has held an interest in Gortat and a draft slot like that could be used on a big man like Indiana’s athletically and fundamentally solid Cody Zeller or Pittsburgh’s raw-but-rising Steven Adams.

Gortat is a more-than-serviceable center who averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 30.8 minutes per game with the Suns last season. But he’s shown an inability to completely mesh with point guard Goran Dragic, and the rebuilding Suns might be more interested in flipping the 29-year old in exchange for younger assets.

If Phoenix does decide to move Gortat, they should be able to get something more than decent in return. Gortat is in the final year of an affordable contract that pays him just over $7 million next season, so even if a team isn’t sold on Gortat’s fit with their franchise, they’ll certainly be enticed by an expiring deal that will free up some cap space for the following season.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    The Polish hammer!

    • caeser12 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Ivan Putski!

  2. t205cobb - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    First, the Suns to get Colangelo back!

  3. eventhorizon04 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    A Nic Batum-Lamarcus Aldridge-Marcin Gortat grouping at the 3, 4, and 5 would be very good and would make Portland one of the rare teams with two complete true bigs (who can contribute on both ends of the floor).

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      They would have a very solid starting 5, that’s for sure. The bench is another story though. Their bench makes the Lakers bench look like the Heat’s starting 5, LOL!

      I wonder if they are not sold on Myers Leonard though. I think the kid will be a stud C in the league soon enough. Interesting that they are not just penciling him in there as the starting C just yet.

    • lavoysboy - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:11 AM

      And then don’t forget about ROY Damian Lilliard. They just need some bench players. I don’t know their bench stats, but they had to rank among the worst in the league.

      • lavoysboy - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:16 AM

        The bench ranks among the bottom in every statistical category (no better than the bottom 5 in the league). Per http://www.hoopsstats.com/basketball/fantasy/nba/teamstats/13/7/ftpct/1-1

  4. senorpapino - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    In terms of players dropping on draft night, I think Phoenix would benefit more from a McLemore drop than a Noel/Len drop.

    • cashierforgod - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:34 AM

      I want big! :D

  5. doubledown44 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Gortat for the No. 10 pick is such a great trade for both teams that I hope it happens.

  6. johnmindiola - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    If the wolves can’t lock up Pekovic, they should give Gortat a look.

  7. ivanoiurares40 - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Reblogged this on TheSlashDash.

  8. sportsnut101 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Polish hammer for a top ten draft pick yea and then u woke up

    He’s only good when he’s used but no1 ever uses him. I don’t know why he has shown he can play I would like to see Him on rockets if they don’t land Dwight

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