This offseason, the Phoenix Suns have worked hard to improve a particular area of their roster. It began on draft day when they felt like they stole away Alex Len out of Maryland with the number five overall pick, after many thought the center could have gone as the top pick at one point.
Next, the Suns traded Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers and in return they received another part of their front court’s puzzle in center Miles Plumlee. Behind Plumlee, the Suns also have Skava Kravtsov.
But, of course, at the starting center position they are still counting on Marcin Gortat. While new head coach Jeff Hornacek has made it obvious he wants to move in a direction of youth, thus the Scola trade, many wonder just how long Gortat will be in Phoenix.
Entering the final year of his contract, Gortat is a hot name already being rumored to be moved by the February trade deadline. He knows his days are numbered and that he has some competition this year.
“Now, I’ve got three young stars coming to the practice to try to beat me up,” Gortat said according to AZ Central. “We’re all fighting for bread. We’re all fighting for milk. I’m not going to let anybody take my job. I’m going to come here and fight these guys just like I fight everybody else. I never backed down from Dwight [Howard]. Trust me, I’m not going to back down from none of these three guys.”
Well, at least it appears Gortat knows he could be on his way out. For now, he’ll just have to continue fighting for his bread and milk in Phoenix.