Published January 13, 2015
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards have acquired center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in a five-player swap on Friday, according to multiple reports.
The Wizards added Gortat, along with guards Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee in return for the injured Emeka Okafor and a protected 1st round draft pick.
Okafor, Washington's starting center last season, was sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with a herniated C4 cervical disc earlier this month. The Wizards, who hope to contend for a playoff spot this season, were expected to add a big man prior to opening day.
Gortat averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season in 61 games. He spent two-plus years with Phoenix after starting his career backing up Dwight Howard in Orlando.
Marshall, a 2012 lottery pick out of North Carolina, failed to impress in his only season in Phoenix, averaging just 3.0 points and 3.0 assists in 48 games.
The trade gives the Wizards 18 players on the active roster. Washington has until Monday, Oct. 28 at 5:00 ET to cut its roster down to 15 players.