Washington Wizards acquired center Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee after sending Emeka Okafor and 2014 first round pick to the Phoenix Suns, a source close to situation reported on Friday.
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John Wall will have more help in Marcin Gortat
The Wizards addressed their need for a solid center after Okafor suffered a herniated disc on his back. On the other hand, the Suns acquired another pick (top-12 protected draft pick) in what is sure to be a very loaded draft next year.
The Washington Wizards confirmed the trade:
"Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has acquired center Marcin Gortat along with guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall in exchange for center Emeka Okafor and a 2014 protected first round draft pick."
"We have solidified our frontcourt by adding a player who has established himself as a very consistent and productive inside presence over the last three seasons," said Grunfeld. "Marcin's ability to rebound, defend and score will allow us to continue where we left off last season and pushes us further toward our goal of becoming a playoff team."
Gortat, who averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks, is expected to be the starting center of the reloaded Wizards lineup while Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee will be waived, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
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