Oklahoma City Thunder Could Land Phoenix Suns Center Marcin Gortat

By Michael Terrill
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns are reportedly interested in moving center Marcin Gortat and the Oklahoma City Thunder could be the team that lands him in a trade just before the Feb. 21 NBA deadline.

The 29-year old Gortat has been fantastic for the Suns this season averaging 11.3 points, 1.6 blocks and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 52.9 percent from the field in 31.4 minutes. One of the reasons Phoenix general manager Lance Blanks is rumored to be moving him is because Gortat has not handled going up against other top notch centers very well this season.

The Suns would like to see the Thunder send center Kendrick Perkins and rookie shooting guard Jeremy Lamb their way to complete the deal. Phoenix believes Lamb has tremendous upside and could be a solid player for many years to come. This would not be a big loss for Oklahoma City because they already have their starters as well as sixth man practically set in stone. Perkins, who is averaging 4.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, is also a better fit for the Suns then he is the Thunder because he is a good interior center on defense, something that Gortat seems to lack.

On the other hand, Gortat can move quicker up and down the court and hit shots away from the basket, which is definitely something Oklahoma City would like to see from their five spot. For that reason, I believe the Thunder would be the winners in the short term by a long shot. However, the Suns could be getting someone special in Lamb that has yet to be seen, which means they could ultimately come out ahead in the deal.

Oklahoma City is already a huge threat in the Western Conference, but this trade would certainly give them the necessary edge to land them back in the NBA Finals.

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