5 Best NBA Trade Destinations for Phoenix Suns' Marcin Gortat

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5 Best NBA Trade Destinations for Phoenix Suns' Marcin Gortat
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The NBA Trade Deadline is now just about a week away, and the struggling Phoenix Suns will soon have to decide what they are going to do with starting center Marcin Gortat.

This season, the 6'11" center is having a down year, averaging just 11.3 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. He does not appear to be a main piece of the team's offense anymore, and with the Suns at the bottom of the Western Conference, they may decide to move Gortat by the trade deadline.

However, the direction of the Suns right now is fairly confusing. Gortat turns 29 in just a couple of days, and it would make the most sense for a rebuilding team like Phoenix to trade him for young prospects and future first-round draft picks.

But on the other hand, the Suns could also potentially emerge as buyers at the deadline. Phoenix has already been linked to players such as Al Jefferson, Josh Smith and Iman Shumpert in just the past couple weeks, and acquiring a borderline All-Star such as Smith or Jefferson would almost certainly require giving up Gortat as a main piece in return.

In any case, Gortat is certainly the team's most valuable trade asset, and the Suns are likely going to shop him over the course of this upcoming week.

Here are five of the most realistic trade destinations for Marcin Gortat. 

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