HoopsHype Marcin Gortat rumors

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Suns center Marcin Gortat already has looked ahead at the February trade deadline and July free agency and surmised his departure from Phoenix. The 29-year-old center has looked behind him and seen a 20-year-old first-round pick and 25- and 26-year-old summer acquisitions and thought about how he was once like them when he backed up Dwight Howard in Orlando three years ago. “Now, I’ve got three young stars coming to the practice to try to beat me up,” Gortat said. “We’re all fighting for bread. We’re all fighting for milk. I’m not going to let anybody take my job. I’m going to come here and fight these guys just like I fight everybody else. I never backed down from Dwight. Trust me, I’m not going to back down from none of these three guys.” Arizona Republic

October 1, 2013 Updates

A year ago, Marcin Gortat was ready to prove to the NBA he is a top-flight center who can carry a team without Steve Nash spoon feeding him baskets. Now, he knows he's a short-timer who is just holding the minutes until someone better comes along. "We all know what's going to happen," Gortat said to the crowd of reporters with his usual refreshing display of candor. "It's a business. I totally understand that. I totally understand the situation. "There's no hard feelings. I will try to do everything that's necessary to win basketball games, and whatever happens happens. I'm grateful for everything I had in this team." Bright Side of the Sun

"There's always going to be rumors," he said, mentioning how hard it is to take messages from friends and family every day about the latest gossip. Bright Side of the Sun

Gortat knows his time in Phoenix is limited to 9 months or less, but he also knows this is his free agent year and that minutes are paramount to proving his value to the NBA. "Being a backup for so many years," he said. "It was a pleasure to come in and try to beat up Dwight Howard. Now the situation is turned around. Now I got three young stars coming to practice to beat me up. "We all fighting for bread, we all fighting for milk. I'm not letting anybody take my job. I'm gonna come here, and I'm gonna fight these guys just like I'm fighting everybody else. I'm gonna do whatever I can to stay in this league, and on this team, as long as possible." Bright Side of the Sun

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Now the squad has been heartened by the news that their most important player, Marcin Gortat, is to join Poland on Sunday in Belgium, where they are facing Israel, the hosts and Italy in a warm- up tournament for the EuroBasket in Slovenia. The 2.11m pivot had been with Poland in July but travelled to the United States earlier this month so doctors could examine the metatarsal injury that he suffered in March while playing for the Phoenix Suns. FIBA.com

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Marcin Gortat has taken permission to leave the training camp of the Polish national team for three weeks but, in principle, his participation at EuroBasket 2013 is not under question. The Polish center flew to the USA on Thursday to undergo medical tests, after completing the first stage of preparations for the EuroBasket together with the rest of the team, in Gdansk. "Physically, I feel better and better, the rehabilitation is going well, but I still feel the pain of the foot, even during training," the 29-year-old big man said. Eurobasket 2013

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Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 that there's a reason a deal didn't go down. "Well, I'm certainly not looking to move Marcin," McDonough said Thursday. "We think he's a top-15 starting center in the NBA, and those guys are hard to find. "We love his ability to rebound, to screen-and-roll, to finish around the basket, he's a pretty tough guy -- he's strong, he's athletic. Like I said, those guys are hard to find." Arizona's Sports Page

June 29, 2013 Updates

One day after the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len with the fifth pick in the NBA draft, Marcin Gortat was assured by the organization that it has no plan to trade him – for now – and might want to make him part of the future, his agent Guy Zucker told RealGM. After the draft, Gortat had understood the Suns’ clear transition into retooling the roster, leading to belief a trade would be beneficial to both sides. Yet, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said Thursday that Gortat would fill a mentoring role for Len. “It’s clear they are in a rebuild and they drafted a center, so [a trade] would make sense, but for now they want to hold onto him,” Zucker said Friday afternoon. “As with everything in the league, it should be stated: As of today.” RealGM

June 28, 2013 Updates

One day after the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len with the fifth pick in the NBA draft, Marcin Gortat was assured by the organization that it has no plan to trade him – for now – and might want to make him part of the future, his agent Guy Zucker told RealGM. RealGM

The Suns took Maryland big man Alex Len with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft Thursday night, leaving many to wonder if the Polish Hammer's days in the Valley are numbered. But for those looking at an upcoming departure date for Gortat, who averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 assists and 1.6 blocks in 61 games last season, not so fast. "We're not looking to move him," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Friday. "As you guys I'm sure know, Alex had foot surgery, and he's not ready to play. "Marcin is one of our best players here. He's a core guy for us. He is one of the more athletic bigs in the league, he screens, he rolls, he finishes and he blocks shots." Arizona's Sports Page

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