The Phoenix Suns pretty much have just one big man on which they can halfway rely and his name is not Jermaine O’Neal. The Suns have an underrated center in Marcin Gortat who will make a dynamite addition for a title contender if traded and the latest NBA rumors suggest the Suns are set trading Gortat. In fact, there at least half a dozen rumors of landing spots for Gortat, if traded, but no one knows what to make of any of them. We’ll try to iron some of it out now.
Gortat isn’t putting up career numbers this year, but his stats aren’t all that bad, either. He’ll still almost averaging a double-double on an awful team that thought it was at a turning point when Phoenix fired head coach Alvin Gentry and replaced him with Lindsey Hunter. Gortat is still riding right along after the Suns’ short spurt of energy from the new hire, playing his 36 minutes and then taking off the uniform and going home. However, he could be so much more for a team that knew how to use him and/or a team with just a little bit of talent to put around him.
That’s not to suggest that Gortat is an NBA centerpiece, but if he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, for example, he could pair with Al Horford down low and do some damage. Just in case you’re wondering, the Hawks are the most likely destination for Gortat as rumors are heating up that Phoenix wants to trade for Josh Smith. If that happens, Gortat will at least be somewhere that can exploit his talents. Whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen.