Trans. Dec 6 9:55 ET (Dec 6 9:55 ET ) Marcin Gortat is rightfully looked upon as a season-saver for the 2013-14 Washington Wizards. With Emeka Okafor going down for an indefinite amount of time during training camp with a herniated disc, the Wizards badly needed someone to plug the middle for a team that was hoping to go all in for a playoff berth. For the price of a first round pick, the team was able to send Okafor’s expiring contract to a rebuilding Phoenix Suns squad for Gortat’s services.
Yes, the “rebuilding” Suns currently have a better record than Washington – BUT THAT IS NOT THE POINT. The point is that Gortat has been playing terrific basketball for the Wizards after a bit of a let-down 2012-13 campaign. The big man is averaging 13.3 points and 9.2 rebounds, alongside 1.6 blocks in 34 minutes a contest. This is only the beginning, too, as Gortat and point guard John Wall develop their pick and dive game after missing out on a full training camp and exhibition season together.
Actually, the real point is that Gortat and his father Janusz have kind of a weird chemistry of their own. The elder Gortat was a bronze medalist light-heavyweight boxer for Poland during the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, which is part of the reason why Marcin has a bit of a pugnacious spirit. The Washington Post’s Mike Wise documented their back and forth recently :
Our friends over at Bullets Forever posed this question on Thursday: What should the Wizards do with Trevor Ariza? The premise is simply whether the Wizards should take advantage of the small forward's rising value following his strong start by dealing him and his expiring contract. BF provided the details, including that Ariza is draining 3-pointers (a staggering 57 percent from the corners), that the Wizards defense is statistically better when the lengthy forward is on the court, but that he also plays the same position as Otto Porter and essentially Martell Webster. The simple answer is no. For now and likely for good, that window has closed, though I admit to thinking Ariza could have been dealt during the offseason, preseason or when Emeka Okafor went down. If the Wizards were out of the playoff mix or fighting just for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, then we could talk.
WAKING UP with the Wizards, who shoot around Friday morning before playing the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). Suggesting he should be cut or have been the one traded instead of Emeka Okafor are beyond silly, as if the Wizards would be better off with such a glaring vacancy in an 82-game season and that there's a plethora of quality big men available around the league. But the Wizards are pot-committed at this point. And now that they have another scoring option in the low post with Marcin Gortat, the Brazilian doesn't have to do all the heavy lifting on the offensive end.
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards have waived the three players acquired with Marcin Gortat in last week's trade with the Phoenix Suns.The Wizards announced Monday that they have cut ties with guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall.The moves were expected. Marshall, Brown and Lee were included in the trade so that it would work financially under NBA rules.The Wizards received center Gortat and the three players in exchange for injured center Emeka Okafor and a protected first-round draft pick.
We take a break from the Emeka Okafor-Marcin Gortat trade discussion for an Otto Porter injury update. There has been progress. Small steps kind of progress during Friday's practice, but progress all the same.
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Washington Wizards have agreed to acquire center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for injured center Emeka Okafor and a conditional first-round draft pick in 2014.
The Scoop:Speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the trade has not been announced, the person says Phoenix will send guards Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee to Washington so the deal will work financially. The Wizards are expected to waive those three players. Okafor has been sidelined indefinitely by a herniated disk in his neck.
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Suns send Raptors to sixth straight loss (The SportsXchange) (2 Days Ago | courtesy: The SportsXchange) PHOENIX -- In his last three games, Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris had missed 17 of 25 shots from the field and scored a total of 23 points. Morris made his first 11 shots from the field and collected 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Suns grabbed 18 of their 53 rebounds on the offensive end to hand the Toronto Raptors their sixth consecutive loss, 106-97. Guard Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points for Phoenix and forward P.J. Tucker had one of his biggest nights as a pro with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as the Suns snapped a three-game losing streak to Toronto and won for the sixth time in their first nine home games. Amir Johnson scored a season-high 22 points off the bench and guard Kyle Lowry added 21 points and seven assists for the Raptors, playing in their first game since blowing a 27-point lead in the second half at home to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. More...