Phoenix I still think could get more for Gortat and should feel in absolutely no rush to deal him. They'll wait for better offers.
Agree that Phoenix has to do this. This is just my opinion, but I think teams now see that Gortat is a moody guy and his play on both ends suffers as a result if he is not happy. A team would have to be very confident that Gortat would be happy with his role to give up more then what Phoenix is getting here.
Boston might be one of the rare teams where quality assets can be moved and Gortat can go to a winning team where his strengths really show.
I don't see a better situation out there then for him to come to Boston and play with Rondo on this current team, with its current needs, and current goals. Phoenix might be more inclined to make Gortat happy as well to keep things good with his agent in future dealings, etc.
Gortat is already 28 years old, he’ll be going on 31 when his contract expires in the summer of 2014, and even then Gortat will still be worth about 9-12 million dollars on the open market; chances are Phoenix won’t resign him for that price especially considering that there are many talented big-men in the upcoming drafts(2013 & 2014).
So the Suns are ultimately faced with two decisions. Keep him and let him walk away and get nothing in return or trade him now and get future draft picks, as well as other assets. At this point the decision should be pretty clear, the Suns are in a rebuilding phase so they need as much asset as they can possibly find. Keeping Gortat is nothing short of a luxury that at this point that they can’t afford.
Not sure they can really get a lot of better assets. The only team I can see that could pull it off and is in a similar situation as Boston is the Thunder. However I am not sure he would thrive with Westbrook.
But if Gortat was sold on it and OKC really bought in to Gortat then I think Phoenix does the Raptors pick and Perkins in a second. I just don't see Presti making a move like this right after the Harden trade.