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07:20 AM ET 10.02 | For now, Marcin Gortat is the starting center in Phoenix. There were three centers added behind Gortat, who took notice that the team drafted Alex Len with the No. 5 pick and then traded for Miles Plumlee and Slava Kravtsov during the summer. Gortat already fears the in-season trade rumors in the last year of his contract. ... Gortat endorsed the summer makeover, swore to not relinquish his job and predicted that the Suns would be "a good running team." But without prompting, the Suns' highest-paid player at $7.7million made a thinly veiled reference to his contract status and a scenario that likely will linger until the February trade deadline. "This is a business," Gortat said. "We all know where I am right now, and we all know what's going to happen probably. It's business. I totally understand that."

The Arizona Republic

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October 2, 2013  07:52 AM ET

People love to knock the Knicks for paying Amare all of the money they're paying him. There is certainly something to that. But big picture, you have to think that at the rate the Suns are going Phoenix might have been better off keeping Amare. The Knicks used him to attract a franchise player, perhaps Phoenix could've done the same. Now look at them. Sure NY is saddled with the big salary but they're in a lot better place than the Suns. Knowing and understanding that, who really made the bad move?

October 2, 2013  08:41 AM ET

$7 million is not too bad for a center like him. He is basically a bargain.

October 2, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

People love to knock the Knicks for paying Amare all of the money they're paying him. There is certainly something to that. But big picture, you have to think that at the rate the Suns are going Phoenix might have been better off keeping Amare. The Knicks used him to attract a franchise player, perhaps Phoenix could've done the same. Now look at them. Sure NY is saddled with the big salary but they're in a lot better place than the Suns. Knowing and understanding that, who really made the bad move?

Thinking outside of the box. Nothing else seems to have worked in Phoenix. How much worse off would they have been.

October 2, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

October 2, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

People love to knock the Knicks for paying Amare all of the money they're paying him. There is certainly something to that. But big picture, you have to think that at the rate the Suns are going Phoenix might have been better off keeping Amare. The Knicks used him to attract a franchise player, perhaps Phoenix could've done the same. Now look at them. Sure NY is saddled with the big salary but they're in a lot better place than the Suns. Knowing and understanding that, who really made the bad move?

True but NY had better players to surround Amare, even before Melo signed, and PHX was not going anywhere, why not free up that FA money? Not saying that they spent is the best way yet.

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October 2, 2013  10:47 AM ET

OKC hasn't inquired about him?
If OKC is serious about competing for a title trade Perkins, and some fillers for Gortat and one or two fillers from the suns....

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October 2, 2013  10:57 AM ET

Who?

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October 2, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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That's exactly what I was thinking, Bro.Think they'll send Gortat to Lob City for a gently-used DeAndre Jordan?

I was surprise the Clippers didn't trade Bledsoe for Gortat. Would have been great for both teams.

October 2, 2013  11:11 AM ET
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Spot on.People forget the Nash factor. In his prime, he has made several fringe guys look like All-stars.Joe Johnson and Amare should gift him a portion of their RIDICULOUS contracts because they never would have got them without him.

+4

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October 2, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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they're management is showing that they are too stubborn and cheap.

yup.
Since letting Harden go they failed to make the WCF in back to back seasons.
If you're KD you gotta be wondering WTH is going on.
They need a scoring center if they have any shot at a title any time soon.
Ibaka and Perkins clogs the paint, Perkins is garbage!
He doesn't fit the OKC system, Collison does.
But let them be cheap and don't trade Perkins for Gortat....
KD will be a goner before they open their eyes.

October 2, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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they're management is showing that they are too stubborn and cheap.

How so? I think Gortat makes less than Perkins and his contract expires this year. If they were cheap wouldn't they make the trade?

October 2, 2013  11:32 AM ET
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That's exactly what I was thinking, Bro.Think they'll send Gortat to Lob City for a gently-used DeAndre Jordan?

Is Jordan worthy of being included in the Clippers 'Big Three'? How many more days until all of LA will be looking up at the banner being raised?

 
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