The deal between both teams involved Washington sending Emeka Okafor and a top 12 2014 protected draft pick to Phoenix, and Phoenix sent Gortat, Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall to the Wizards. This deal benefited both teams.
The Suns were able to get rid of Gortat, who they had no use for, and his expiring contract. Phoenix was also able to get rid of other players as they were preparing to reload their roster. Obviously the trade has worked out for Phoenix, as the Suns are currently 29-19 and 6th in the Western Conference.
Washington was able to address its center problem. Okafor had an expensive contract and was going to miss the entire season due to a neck injury. In his last season playing for the Washington, Emeka averaged only 9.7 PTs, 8.8 REBs and 1.0 BLKs per game. The Wizards released every other player involved in the deal to save money, which was a smart move looking back. The Wizards do have the money to make a contract deal to another impact player. Bringing in Gortat has been great for Washington, as he built quick chemistry and has become great friends with Nene Hilario.
The Wizards should be focused on re-signing Gortat, as his contract expires at the end of this season. He has been in the league six years and turns 30 on Feb. 17, but still has a few good years of solid consistent basketball that Washington should try to capitalize on. He is currently averaging 11.9 PTs, 8.9 REBs and 1.6 ASTs per game this season.
He has become one of Washington’s key pieces to success, as he has had multiple break out games this season — one was against the New York Knicks where had 16 PTs and 17 REBs. He also is 10th in the league for blocks this season with 74.
Gortat is a high competitor and Washington should give the big Polish guy a contract extension before the season ends.