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Marcin Gortat

Trade Analysis: New deals for Gortat, Sefolosha, Bradley, Livingston and Lowry

Thabo Sefolosha to the Atlanta Hawks: Three years, $12 million
Avery Bradley to the Boston Celtics: Four years, $32 million
Shaun Livington to the Golden State Warriors: Three years, $16 million
You want a guard with defined—but perhaps declining—defensive skill, but a somehow magically disappearing shot? Sure, why not grab him for $4 million a year. You want an even better defensive stopper who’s just 23 with an emerging scoring repertoire…but has had three major surgeries in the past year? Sure, throw him $8 mil per and see what happens. Or maybe you want a point guard who’s just a year and a half removed from being waived in the middle of the season by a future lottery team, but has somehow recovered into being a valuable fringe starter? Sure, give him something close to the full mid-level exception contract and call it a day.
Three guards have signed new contracts in the past day, and despite some real red flags on their resumes have cashed in big time. Some have said this is just a function of the looming NBA television deal, which will push up the salary cap significantly and render these seemingly bloated deals into reasonable ones in just two years. In other words, $4-8 million dollars is going to look closer to $2-6 million soon, so why not start now?… Read more...

Instant Trade Analysis: Marcin Gortat to the Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards get: C Marcin Gortat, PG Kendall Marshall, SG Shannon Brown, G/F Malcolm Lee
Phoenix Suns get: C Emeka Okafor, 2014 conditional first round pick
You know how you know the NBA season is back in full swing? When two teams likely to finish in the league’s bottom half are in the top of the news cycle for a trade in which just one of the five players will suit up come opening night.
The Washington Wizards continued to build towards their first playoff berth in over a half decade, while the Phoenix Suns continued to tear their team down in the hopes that a playoff berth is less than a half decade away. … Read more...