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Will Marcin Gortat trade save Wizards jobs?

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10:55 AM ET 10.26 | Facing a playoff-or-else edict from owner Ted Leonsis and uncertainty over center Emeka Okafor's neck injury, the Washington Wizards didn't want to enter the regular season without addressing their concerns in the paint. So on Friday, team President Ernie Grunfeld executed a trade that sacrifices part of the future to make them relevant in the present. The Wizards shipped Okafor -- and his $14.5 million expiring contract -- and a protected 2014 first-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns for veteran big man Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall. The draft pick is protected through the No. 12 selection next June and has top- 10 protection from 2015 to 2019.

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October 26, 2013  11:08 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

October 26, 2013  11:12 AM ET

Big acquisition by the Wizards. This will get them into the playoffs.

October 26, 2013  11:17 AM ET

I don't get the Suns' side on this. They get an injured and expensive Okafor while only getting a first round pick that won't include a top 12 pick.

October 26, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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This was a good move. Wall seemed like he was ready to lead a team and now he has a good healthy big man to play with. The Wizards are looking to make some noise.

I wouldn't go crazy on this. Yes, short term certainly is an upgrade over an injured Okafor who's not gonna suit up this year. But this also means, Wiz have given up on NeNe (can't blame them). The biggest risk is that protected 1st rounder. I think PHX won this deal on paper atleast. Okafor's salary is fully insured so they will get complete relief for this season, and very good chance that they land a high draft pick in exchange for Gortat, who is really an average level player.

October 26, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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I wouldn't go crazy on this. Yes, short term certainly is an upgrade over an injured Okafor who's not gonna suit up this year. But this also means, Wiz have given up on NeNe (can't blame them). The biggest risk is that protected 1st rounder. I think PHX won this deal on paper atleast. Okafor's salary is fully insured so they will get complete relief for this season, and very good chance that they land a high draft pick in exchange for Gortat, who is really an average level player.

I thought it was the other way around. Suns won't get any top 12 pick. All advantages points toward the Wizards.

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October 26, 2013  12:50 PM ET

...perhaps Gortat can now get back to performing at a higher level like he did when Nash was in Phoenix.

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October 26, 2013  01:03 PM ET
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I don't get the Suns' side on this. They get an injured and expensive Okafor while only getting a first round pick that won't include a top 12 pick.

Agree. Phoenix just hit the reset button and will go to the bottom of the West Conference. Seems like they really want to be big in the 2014 draft.

October 26, 2013  06:51 PM ET
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I thought it was the other way around. Suns won't get any top 12 pick. All advantages points toward the Wizards.

Wiz will be good enough to not get top 12. Even 13-14th pick next year will be great. Gortat is serviceable but not really elite talent. A healthy Okafor way better than Gortat, but of course he's not healthy :-)
I do like the way Wiz line up is shaping up. Good on PHX as well.

October 26, 2013  06:53 PM ET
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I don't get the Suns' side on this. They get an injured and expensive Okafor while only getting a first round pick that won't include a top 12 pick.

Not expensive since his injury is covered by insurance. IF he does get healthy, it's not hard to find a trade partner for a reasonable player with an expiring contract. Net is PHX is tanking, and in the process acquiring draft picks. They will most likely swap Okafor for another pick by trade deadline.

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October 28, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Gortat is not only healthy, but is a very skilled big man. This move allows Nene to play his natural PF position and not be over matched at center. Not only did they get Gortat, but also Brown who could be a solid backup for Beal. Suns are definitely giving up on their current chances to plan for the future, and you can't really blame them considering what they have. This trade helps both teams accomplish their goals. Playoff push for Wizards, and obtaining picks and cap space (eventually) for Suns.

 
October 28, 2013  06:20 PM ET

hell no

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