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Report: Suns to trade Marcin Gortat to Wizards for Emeka Okafor

Oct 25, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

Marcin Gortat AP

Washington wants to make the playoffs this year. Owner Ted Leonsis demands it. No more slow rebuild.

They are counting on John Wall to lead them (so he better find his jumper), but they need some balance inside and that has been hampered by the neck injury sidelining Emeka Okafor indefinitely.

So they are reaching out to the Suns for a trade, picking up Marcin Gortat and sending them the injured Okafor, something first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sources said the deal sends Gortat and guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall to the Wizards for the expiring contract of veteran big man Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 first-round pick (to No. 12).

That pick is the Wizards valuable 2014 No. 1, but it is protected through No. 12, Stein reports. The Suns now have four picks in next year’s deep first round of the draft.

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For the Wizards, this would be a great get. Gortat is rock solid — not elite, not spectacular, but will give you quality play at both ends of the court. He is a strong pick setter and roll man (he shot 56.6 percent as the roll man last year) and that should pair well with the speedy Wall. Gortat shot a respectable 45.4 percent from the post, he can move well off the ball and has good hands for catching off cuts. On the other end of the floor he is a good shot blocker and rebounder, a big body in the paint. The other thing this does for Washington is let them move Nene back to the four spot, where he is more comfortable.

In the last year of his contract ($7.7 million) and on the rebuilding Suns, Gortat was long on the trade block. This just came a little earlier than expected.

For the Suns… they are all in for the Wiggins lottery and this is just another step that direction. They can play Okafor eventually if they want to, or they can move him, but this is a team looking to rebuild through the draft and they both got another pick and got worse to help their own draft slot in the process.

Tell me again how there is nobody tanking in the NBA, David Stern (and Adam Silver).

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 25, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Very nice move for the Wiz.

  2. RavenzGunnerz - Oct 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Worse time for bad teams to get better…

    I guess that is why they are bad. Come on Wiz.. keep your draft pick.

    • kanemoney - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      It’s protected through 12, so if they get the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 pick – they keep it.

      Futhermore, the notion of intentionally throwing an entire season for a ‘shot’ at landing Wiggins is a bit odd. One could speculate the Bobcats have been doing this to an extent and have suffered as a result.

      The Wizards have been so bad for so long, that at some point it’s time to get better. Smart move for them.

      • avb530 - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Agreed but did you really have to list the 1-12 pics out? LOL

  3. dcfan999 - Oct 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Good trade for the wizards

  4. cantonbound13 - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    The Polish Hammer is coming to DC! Great move by the Wiz. Ernie must be gone.

  5. doubledown44 - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I actually think this is a great trade for everyone involved (excluding, of course, Emeka Okafor).

    • wichsenstar13 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Emeka’s being paid $14.5m and not playing… if I were him and had that much $ I’d rather be in Phoenix than Washington 😛

  6. moseskkim - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    wall, beal, porter (eventually), nene, polish sausage. not a bad starting 5 with maynor, ariza, webster, seraphin, booker. i like this team

    • sellahh - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Dude, get out. Polish hammer ain’t no Polish sausage, that’s a blashpemy.

  7. JHathwell - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    I’ve loved McDonagh’s moves thus far but I’m dumbfounded on this one. Considering what even halfway decent centers are worth these days, how is it that they get nothing but a dead contract and a mid 1st rounder for Gortat, Shannon Brown AND last years’ lottery pick?

    Yeah, losing those guys makes them a few games worse and if the protections come through they’ll have three picks in the high teens, but I refuse to believe there wasn’t a better deal to be made then this one.

    Home run for the Wizards, though.

    • casualcommenter - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      You guys weren’t trading Marcin Gortat.

      You guys were trading 1 season of Marcin Gortat. Any team that wanted him could just wait until 8 months from now to sign him, so the Suns were in no position to make huge demands.

      First round picks are valuable now because of the strict salary tax, and first round picks in 2014 are especially valuable because of the talent involved. This was a good haul considering you were selling an 8 month rental of Gortat, not a guy who was locked into a reasonable deal for 2+ years.

      • casualcommenter - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        P.S. Shannon Brown wasn’t an asset with any value. He went unsigned for a LONG time as a free agent before the Suns eventually signed him. That meant 29 other teams who had the opportunity to sign him at no cost of draft picks intentionally chose not to target him for weeks.

        He’s a great dunker but below average wing player in a league full of decent to good wing players. Not worth even a future second round pick.

      • JHathwell - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        You guys?

        Dude, they gave up their first round pick, Gortat and Shannon brown to get a super-protected pick that maybe ends up mid 1st round.

        There’s no way they couldn’t have done better than that for Gortat, if not now then at the deadline. That’s all I’m saying.

  8. RavenzGunnerz - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Asked why the trade?

    “He looked good during pre-season”

    — Suns GM responded.

  9. RavenzGunnerz - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    “Good move Suns… now it’s our turn”

    — Sixers GM

  10. qpoiu1 - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    That pick & roll duo Wall-Gortat is dangerous

  11. ochospantalones - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Crap. The Sixers can’t let this aggression stand unchecked. Hinke needs to waive Hawes and Turner tomorrow morning.

    • casualcommenter - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Lol, that was my thought too.

      76’ers were like, “Dang, all we did was release Royce White! We still have 6 NBA-caliber players, which is 6 too many!”

  12. hildezero - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:06 PM


    Who dafuq is “polish sausage”? I know Marcin Gortat is the “Polish Hammer”…

  13. phx1311 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I don’t mind the trade but I know the suns could have gotten way more for Gortat and brown. Go suns

  14. pfic15 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Another instance in which Sam Presto could have helped the Thunder and decreased the presence of Perkins. Way to strike out again, Sam.

    • twoseam2007 - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      Agreed on some levels. Perkins might be the worst starter in the league. They could have offered Washington Perkins and Dallas’s draft pick for Gortat, but the Wizards deal is better for the Suns imo.

      • pfic15 - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Absolutely. I just hate seeing the eventual departure of KD become more and more of a reality.

  15. jimsjam33 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    For the Suns it’s all about 2014 . Losing Gortat this year will hurt them from being competitive in 2013 . All in all a good trade for both teams .

  16. 00maltliquor - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    On the surface it looks like the Wizards are robbing them blind. It may work out for both sides though.

    If PHX feels like Alex Len is THAT dude, they get a tough defender in Okafor to play in their biggest weak spot, the PF. Okafor gets to play his natural position and they get to get rid of players they feel that are not part of the future in Brown and Marshall (that’s foolish to me, they shouldn’t give up on Marshall and Brown when used right can do wonders off the bench, but hey, they got Bledsoe, Dragic and Goodwin so it kiiiinda makes sense).

    WAS on the other hand get a real C that is tough as nails and can play both ends of the floor. Plus get a nice backup PG that could turn into something nice and add depth when (not if, when) Wall gets hurt. Plus Brown is a good bench depth player with championship experience. And a potential draft pick is a nice touch. Good move on both ends, although it’s much more riskier on PHXs end.

    At the very least Gortat goes somewhere he is wanted and appriciated.

    • sellahh - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Except for the part when you say ‘Okafor plays’. Word is he might be out the whole season. Not like the Suns care too much about that, though…
      Love it for my countryman Gortat!

  17. 00maltliquor - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Sidenote…that pic of Gortat is pretty suspect! LOL…as the homie spthegr8 usually says; Just sayin’!!!

    • spthegr8 - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      LMAO!!!! That pic is VEEEEEERRRRYYY suspect Bruh. But a good move for the Wiz. It’s not often Ernie get’s something right………Just Sayin’!!!!! LLS!!!

  18. kanemoney - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    The Suns management is a travesty. They are effectively admitting that they will be tanking the 2014 season to land Wiggins. I absolutely loath this move for them. They got peanuts compared to Gortat’s value. Big men are a rare asset in this league and they just traded an above grade talent for essentially nothing.

    I hope the Suns don’t land a top 3 pick and suffer for this move.

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