I'd rather pay K-Mart the veteran's minimum than trade our forthcoming core for Gortat.
Agree with this. We're finally getting back to a point where we have some young players who aren't scrubs. If I'm going to give them up, I'd much rather it not be for a player whose skillset can be approximated by a current free agent who would play for peanuts.
There's no question that Gortat is a better player than Martin. But what do we need? Rebounding? Martin can do that when challenged (see '09-'10 season). Defense? Martin isn't as much of a shotblocker as Gortat, but aside from that he's just as good or better. Finishing? Both are very good. Bricking free throws? Both among the best.
Kenyon will cost nothing but the vet minimum. Gortat will likely cost Bradley and/or Sully, as well as the $7.5 million (off the top of my head, might be wrong) per year that he makes. Given those two options, I take KMart every time.
KMart isn't a center, it's pretty apparent to me the c's need another legit 7 ft who can control the paint and dominate the Heat down low. Memphis did that earlier this year with Randolph and Gasol, but the c's would be even more versatile because KG is an elite outside shooter and can go down low against Miami.
I like Bradley a lot , but I think you have to do this deal if you are the c's . C's are in a win now mode and to me a top 10 center and an inside force like Gortat is a bigger need. You have to keep Lee though(I doubt Pho would be interested in Lee anyways)to have a defender for Wade and Ray.
So like others have mentioned the trade that makes the most sense is Bass ,Bradley and Melo ,maybe 1st rd pick. A third team might have to get involved giving up an expiring contract going to Phoenix with the 3rd team acquiring Bass .
pg: Rondo / Terry
SG: Lee / Barbosa
SF: PP / Green
PF: KG / Sully
C: Gortat / Wilcox
I love that front court size and toughness and balance throughout the roster. Add a sharpshooter like anthony Morrow or someone similar in a small trade and we are good to go