Before the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, the Washington Wizards have acquired a few new players, via a five-player deal with the Phoenix Suns on Friday (October 25).
According to ESPN.com, the Wizards picked up center Marcin Gortat, and and guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall for the expiring contract of veteran big man Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 first-round pick (to No. 12).
Since coming over to the Suns, in a trade from Orlando in 2010, the 29-year-old Gortat has been a big contributor. Last season, he averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. His move to DC gives the Wizards a scoring center to pair with their skilled backcourt consisting of John Wall and Bradley Beal. It also allows Nene to move to his preferred position at power forward.
Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld says Gortat will be a "very consistent and productive inside presence" for the team, as they push "toward our goal of becoming a playoff team."
The Suns continues to fully dismantle their roster and start a new, under new general manager Ryan McDonough. With the newly acquired first-round pick from the Wizards, if it falls outside of the top 12, would give Phoenix as many as four first-rounders to work with in the much-anticipated 2014 NBA draft. The Suns also holds the Timberwolves' first-round pick (top-13 protected) and the Pacers' first-round pick (top-14 protected) as well as its own selection.