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Suns GM says team is ‘not looking to move’ Marcin Gortat

Jun 28, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

Marcin Gortat, Jared Sullinger AP

PHOENIX — In the days leading up to the draft, there were rumors that the Suns might be looking to trade Marcin Gortat should one of the big man prospects fall into their lap with the number five pick.

The Suns got their man by drafting the 7’1″ Alex Len, but it appears that at least for now, that doesn’t mean that Gortat is assured a ticket out of town.

From Dave Dulberg of ArizonaSports.com:

“We’re not looking to move him,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Friday. “As you guys I’m sure know, Alex had foot surgery, and he’s not ready to play.

“Marcin is one of our best players here. He’s a core guy for us. He is one of the more athletic bigs in the league, he screens, he rolls, he finishes and he blocks shots.”

In the short-term, however, the Suns GM was a little bit more clear on Gortat’s role with the team.

“We’re going into the year with him as our starting center.”

Len is expected to be recovered from his stress fracture by training camp, so health shouldn’t at all be an issue. Plus, Len could benefit by playing alongside Gortat and learning some tricks of the trade, while getting the chance to play a more low-key backup role with Gortat in the starting lineup.

New Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, speaking to reporters after the team drafted Len on Thursday, discussed the future as though Gortat would remain a part of it.

“Obviously when you want to be a fast-breaking team, the best way to get out on the break is to play good defense, block some shots, get steals, and take off with it,” Hornacek said. “Who knows how the season starts, but we feel we have a pretty good one-two combination with [Len and Marcin Gortat] in there to really grow and develop. We always talk about rebuilding, however we have some very good players on this team. Sometimes when you add a piece or two, all of a sudden that could change a little bit.”

Things could change, of course. But for now it appears that Gortat will remain a part of the Suns roster, at least until Len proves he’s capable of stepping into the starting lineup to take his place.

  1. saint1997 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I choose you Suns GM, use smokescreen!

  2. adoombray - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    In other words, no, we’re not taking Caron Butler straight up, and we’re not throwing picks in for Tyreke Evans unless you take Beasley too

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    This has all the scent of a player equivalent of the dreaded “vote of confidence” for coaches. I’m not a buyer, thanks though Suns .

    • adoombray - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      Gortat just won coach of the year

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:43 AM

        Ouch! That’s the new joke now *oooh*! *slaps forehead.*

        Freaking Nuggets man, lol

      • adoombray - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:47 AM

        apples to Avery Johnson too who was coach of the month and got fired the month after lol

  4. ss3walkman - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I honestly think they should keep Gortat. He’s a pretty decent center who does what he’s supposed to do

    • casualcommenter - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      He’s the rare NBA big who is good yet not overpaid.

      That being said, the Suns are rebuilding, they just drafted a center of the future, and there are concerns that Gortat effort dropped as the losses piled up.

      A trade might be beneficial for both sides.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I didn’t like him at first, but Gortat has really turned into a nice player. I think he deserves a chance to play for a team that really covets his services and will be happy to have him. PHX is clearly looking to clear up past mistakes and really start to build the right way (one would think though, right?) and I think if he’s not going to be part of the future pull the plug now.

    Of course the SMART thing to do will be to start him, build up his buzz when he really shows out like I know he will, and pass him off when the value is at it’s highest and you get top bids. So I can see what the Suns are doing. Either way, he’s not in their future plans, me thinks.

    If Aldridge would just stop being a baby, the Blazers would be a real nice place for him to join. That starting 5 is a playoff team. Pick up a FA or 2 to hit up the bench and wah-laa.

  6. alanklewis - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    STOP

  7. cantonbound13 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    The Polish Hammer!!!

  8. kingkongdong94 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    lol @ the guy behind Gortat(Sullinger I believe).
    “Hyyyaaaah!!!”

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