Jan. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (right) and Cleveland Cavaliers center Semih Erden at the US Airways Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 101-90. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Are The Oklahoma City Thunder Looking To Acquire Marcin Gortat From The Phoenix Suns?


According to a report by Paul Coro of azcentral.com, the Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder were in talks over the All-Star break about a possible trade between the two teams.

The deal would send Suns center Marcin Gortat and forward P.J Tucker to Oklahoma City for Kendrick Perkins, rookie Jeremy Lamb and a first-round draft pick.

Little has been made of this rumor since the weekend, so it may turn out to be just smoke and mirrors at this point.

Gortat is averaging 11.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game for Phoenix. His numbers have taken a hit across the board (perhaps in part to Steve Nash not being around anymore), but it was just one season ago where Marcin was averaging a double-double of 15.4 points and 10.0 rebounds. His offensive game is also more polished than Perkins, which would give Oklahoma City a legitimate scoring option in the paint to pair with Serge Ibaka.

His contract comes to an end in 2014, which is one year earlier than Perkins, who is owed roughly $17 million over the next two seasons. With luxury tax implications soon coming into fruition, this would be a great way for the Thunder to save a few bucks in the process.

For Phoenix to willingly take on his contract, a first-round pick would surely need to be thrown in to sweeten the pot. The Toronto Raptors currently owe the Thunder a lottery-protected 2013 first-round draft pick, so OKC could promise the rights to that pick to the Suns if need be.

Jeremy Lamb, the #12 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, has been rotting on the Thunder’s bench and in the D-League for a majority of the year. In fact, the Suns showed heavy interest in taking Lamb with their #13 pick, before the Houston Rockets picked up right before they had a chance. Little is known of what he can do on the NBA level, but if given an opportunity to play, he could shock a lot of people.

Chris Walder is the Editor of Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter at @WalderSports

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