The Suns have agreed to send Marcin to the Wizards in exchange for Emeka Okafor and a top-12 protected 2014 first round pick.
Ever since Phoenix decided to hit the reset button and stockpile young talent and draft picks earlier this year, Marcin Gortat has been the subject of countless trade rumours.
The addition of Alex Len in the draft and Miles Plumlee in the Luis Scola trade, and the return of Channing Frye to the team may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The deal illustrates two teams with polar opposite mindsets heading into the new season.
The Suns are gathering as many picks to use on next years blockbuster draft class as they can (they now have four selections in the first round), and are in no hurry to win games this season. Okafor has a herniated disk in his neck and is out indefinitely, plus his $14 million contract expires at the end of the season, so there is no worry he will help Phoenix win too many games and they will have cap space to burn next season.
Meanwhile, for the Wizards, this season is playoffs or bust. When Okafor went down, those postseason dreams were in danger of being shattered. The addition of Gortat puts them right back in the thick of the playoff race and he can definitely be considered an upgrade on offence. Gortat’s $7 million dollars also comes off the books for the Wizards at the end of the season.
Also heading to Washington will be Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee.