The Phoenix Suns, who hold the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft are interested in acquiring another first round pick and potentially landing a younger big man to develop.
The Suns already have a more-than solid center in Marcin Gortat, who 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 30.8 minutes per game last year.
The Portland Trail Blazers, who own the 10th overall pick are in search for a big man and rather than select a big like Indiana’s Cody Zeller or Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams, would probably like to acquire a proven player like Gortat.
According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, a trade involving Gortat and the Blazers seems possible:
If the Suns go big, it would be because [Nerlens Noel] plummeted unexpectedly, but not impossibly, to No. 5. Noel, 19, is a 7-footer with premier shot-blocking skills and athleticism but is going through knee rehabilitation for a surgically repaired ACL. Len, a 7-footer from Ukraine, is a more versatile big man who Suns scouts have liked for his upside as a rebounder, paint protector and scorer who is also 19.
A big-man acquisition could spur trade talk involving center Marcin Gortat, particularly with the Suns being open to the idea of landing another first-round pick. Portland, which holds the No. 10 pick, has held an interest in Gortat and a draft slot like that could be used on a big man like Indiana’s athletically and fundamentally solid Cody Zeller or Pittsburgh’s raw-but-rising Steven Adams.
Gortat would obviously help the Blazers front court and could fit in well next to LaMarcus Aldridge, giving them the defensive presence they need in the middle.
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