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Marcin Gortat

We've all seen the potential benefit of having a legitmate 7 foot center next to Love/Jefferson.  Even if one of those guys is traded, we're going to need that guy.  Kahn agrees.

Many have stated they'd be good with keeping Darko for the role provided it's for the right price.  I'm inclined to agree with the caveats that it would absolutely need to be at the right salary AND we couldn't get someone better.

Can we realistically get someone better?

I've been intrigued with Gortat since Dallas made him that big offer last year.  He's a legit 7 footer with above average athleticism and good strength.  He plays hard and the metrics seem to like him in his limited minutes.  He's got the full MLE contract though and the Magic don't play him near enough to justify that kind of money.  Maybe they can afford to pay him that much, but maybe not?

I wonder what exactly it would take to get him?  We've got the cap space to absorb the contract, but what kind of sweetener would it take for a team that would be trying to maintain some semblance of cost savings while maintaining talent?  Pekovic?  Would his low post game complement Howard at all?  The Magic could bring in over at probably half the cost of Gortat to fill a bench role.  A draft pick?  Could we somehow work Hollins in there?  It's actually hard to work out something that makes sense for the Magic as they've got high payroll and have a pretty deep team.  To actually upgrade they'd need to move Gortat and something else for a bigger salaried player.

What are your thoughts on Gortat?  Worth looking at?  Giving up Pekovic?  Overpaid?  Rather have Darko?

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