We’ve been following reports, rumors and blatant speculation about Suns center Marcin Gortat and the Celtics alleged interest in the big man.
Gortat is allegedly upset with his role in the Suns offense and that has him allegedly second-guessing his future in Phoenix. In a recent interview with the Arizona Republic, Gortat clarified his position:
Suns center Marcin Gortat said he turned down a multiyear contract extension offer in October from the Suns, clarifying what he told a Polish website, przegladsportowy.pl.
“We just said we’re going to wait,” Gortat said. “I want to finish this contract, and we’ll see where I go from there. It didn’t even bother me or change anything in my attitude or performance. The thing I’m concentrating is coming back to dominating the game and getting back to being a defensive spark.”
Gortat is under contract thru 2014. If he truly is unhappy, Phoenix has plenty of time to trade him.
While I’d love to see Gortat in green (provided any trade excludes Avery Bradley), I’m starting to wonder about his mental stability:
Gortat would not mind negotiating on behalf of his backup center, Jermaine O’Neal. He said he told Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby that he would pay for another year’s salary for O’Neal if they don’t.
“He’s a tremendous player, an amazing teammate and a true leader,” Gortat said. “Playing with him has been my best experience from this year.”
Jermaine O’Neal a true leader?
This quote has to be some sort of secret SOS signal. Pick up the phone Danny, Gortat wants out now!