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Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 2:15 pm  |  20 responses

Marcin Gortat to the Knicks?

According to the NY Post, the Knickerbockers want the Polish Hammer on their side: “Though the Knicks likely will take a combo-type guard in the June 25 NBA Draft, Knicks team president Donnie Walsh will eye a center with his $5 million mid-level exception during free agency, and Orlando’s 7-foot backup Marcin Gortat is very high on his list… The Polish big man originally was drafted by coach Mike D’Antoni’s Suns in the second round of 2005, but they traded his rights. Gortat probably will not be re-signed because he plays a smallish role as Dwight Howard’s backup and the Magic can’t pay him accordingly. Gortat said the Knicks could be an ideal spot. Gortat (four points, three rebounds) played 15 minutes last night as Magic coach Stan Van Gundy often used a twin-tower alignment to combat the Lakers’ size. Magic general manager Otis Smith can match any offer, but said he knows it will be a financial challenge to retain Gortat.”

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  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    The Knicks could use some help.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Yeh, I really like this Gortat bloke, and earning under a million a year makes him a great asset for the Magic.
    He should be getting at least $4million as a free agent, no more than $8 though.

  • niQ

    i don’t know, man. Gortat is a GREAT back up for Dwight. Dude has played some decent defense when Dwight is sitting and he gets blocks as well. He’s not that efficient on the offensive end, but he’s basically what they need on the defensive. I would keep Gortat i was Orlando.

  • niQ

    *if i was

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    So when they trade Lee for Rubio, they have one guy to rebound?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    We don’t want Rubio, Jukai.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    not unless Houston gets him first!

  • al

    Jukai, so glad to read you buy on that Lee-Rubio thing.

    I started it here cause a spanish journalist I trust told me. I think it makes sense so I wrote it here.

    It is going to happen!!!

    sorry if you dont like Rubio Teddy, but you will not be dissapointed

  • al

    Said that, you still can find dozens of better inside players in Europe that you would adquire with Gortat.
    To name the best, Pekovic, Splitter, Reyes, Boroussis, Vazquez…and believe me, if you really talk about 4 million a year, you can choose any of those (well, all have been drafted except Reyes, but their trade will not mean anything to their right’s owners) shouldnt be difficult

  • K

    Another Suns draft pick traded for cash?!? These dudes coulda had Rajon Rondo, Rudy Fernandez, Luol Deng, and Gortat sitting on their bench right now behind Nash, Marion, and Amare . . . crazy.

  • http://Nicekicks.com MeloMan22

    can we finish the finals before u ppl make up trade rumors with the last two teams?

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    i hope Gortat doesnt turn out to be the next Jim mcilvaine

  • http://www.myspace.com/weezyleezy337 Weezy F. Leezy

    oh god pleeze no…

  • chintao

    The Knicks: Making Moves to Remain Mediocre

  • chintao

    My fault. Actually, “mediocre” would be an improvement. Do your thing Donnie Walsh!

  • al

    k, Sergio Rodriguez was also drafted by Phoenix and traded for cash. Someone is stocking some cash there!

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    I can just smell the playoff appearances coming.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    D’Antoni builds his actual teams the same way I buid fantasy teams. Scorers at every position and an atheletic rebounding/shotblocking center who has no interest in scoring outside of dunks and putbacks. All kidding aside, I really like Gortat, he has great defensive instincts, and runs the floor well. The Knicks have a shot at being pretty good next season.
    Wilson Chandler is the TRUTH!

  • http://www.myspace.com/weezyleezy337 Weezy F. Leezy

    now that i think about it i guess gortat could fit…what happened wit them trying to get amare tho?

  • chintao

    @ ciolkstar ==> I expect Chandler to follow the Tervor Ariza career path: 1) he will be given too little burn to make progress; 2) he will leave; and, 3) he will emerge as a key contributor for another team (probably one that I HATE).

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