Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards have acquired
center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in a five-player swap on Friday,
according to multiple reports.
The Wizards added Gortat, along with guards Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall
and Malcolm Lee in return for the injured Emeka Okafor and a protected 1st
round draft pick.
Okafor, Washington's starting center last season, was sidelined indefinitely
after being diagnosed with a herniated C4 cervical disc earlier this month.
The Wizards, who hope to contend for a playoff spot this season, were expected
to add a big man prior to opening day.
Gortat averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season in 61 games.
He spent two-plus years with Phoenix after starting his career backing up
Dwight Howard in Orlando.
Marshall, a 2012 lottery pick out of North Carolina, failed to impress in his
only season in Phoenix, averaging just 3.0 points and 3.0 assists in 48 games.
The trade gives the Wizards 18 players on the active roster. Washington has
until Monday, Oct. 28 at 5:00 ET to cut its roster down to 15 players.
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