The rumor mill is churning. After an initial report that Gortat is unhappy in Phoenix and the Celtics have some interest… the story has progressed to the point where the Celtics are reportedly preparing to make an actual offer for him.
But, according to Przeglad Sportowy, it looks like they’ll be looking to upgrade their lack of size sooner rather than later.
“The Phoenix Suns are willing to exchange (Gortat to) the Boston Celtics, who are soon to submit a concrete proposal.”
If this report is correct, the Celtics would be filling a major hole in their roster by trading for the 6’11 Gortat.
Things to consider when trying to figure out of this is true:
- Marcin Gortat makes $7.2 million. The Celtics need to get within 125% of that to make the trade work.
- All the guys that make that happen can’t be traded until December 15 at the earliest… and some later than that. Courtney Lee and Jason Terry can’t be traded until December 15, and Jeff Green and Brandon Bass can’t be traded until January 15.
- The Suns may want Jared Sullinger and/or Avery Bradley.
Can the C’s pull off a trade for Gortat? Absolutely. They have players to make that happen. Will the Suns agree to a deal now that they can’t execute for three weeks? Probably not. That’d be a little awkward, wouldn’t you think?
And the January deadline means if there are any talks going on now, then you can forget the “trade Jeff Green” stuff… or even Bass… some of you guys are talking about.
Bradley makes $1.6 million and Sullinger makes $1.3. So if the Celtics DID part with one of them, it’d be part of a bigger package.
I’m interested to see if the Celtics are, indeed, putting a package together. It’d be an interesting negotiation. But there’s enough working against them right where I think putting an actual package together right now will be very difficult.