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We all know that the structure of the present and future of our team changed dramatically after last February's trade deadline. We have seen the effects of it despite the attempts of denying the fact that Kendrick Perkins was a vital part of our core. We found some cracks in the ubuntu spirit and we opened a wound for the present and the future at the center of the paint. With an aging Garnett and a retired Shaq, plus the signing of Krstic by CSKA Moscow our frontcourt looks thinner than ever. And yes, that was also a hint to the fact that Big Baby Davis may also leave town in the next weeks or months.

In a sense, some fans have tried to think that better times lie ahead for our center position and that in 2012 we will land Dwight Howard to start a new era after the ending of KG's contract. We have several options ahead, and as we have recently read, we may only have to wait until a full season lockout affects us. We would just make a bid for Dwight and end of the trouble. But just consider these facts:

1. Boston is not one of the favorite destinations for Howard. I guess you would have to go through this road to try and entice Dwight to sign for us. If you want to find a way to get him you will probably have to completely break the KG era in Boston. According to Ainge, this is not the way the C's are going to operate. In theory, you know...

2. Chandler will likely resign with the Mavs, Dalembert will get a big fat contract with Miami or New York and Nene will sign with a team that can offer him more than the $12 million he declined to earn from the Nuggs.

The rest of the free agent pool of centers include Kwame Brown, Eddy Curry and other busts so maybe it would be wise to figure out a deal for a center with a decent contract and good upside.

The logic says that the perfect candidate may be Marcin Gortat. We are going to talk about one of the most underrated players in the league. And wouldn't it be nice that we would try to get a player that has been training one on one for many seasons against Dwight? Life is that sweet.

Gortat is long (6-11), young (27) but with experience (4 NBA seasons). And no, he is not your prototype Euro player. He is tough, strong and athletic:

As Kyle Hightower of the Orlando Sentinel explains, Gortat was boasting to his teammates after practice recently that he could dunk from the free-throw lines. Hilarity (and the smashing of stereotypes) ensued:
Doubtful of his skills, Pietrus bet Gortat an unspecified sum that he could, drawing a full post-practice audience that included several barefoot players and even Coach Stan Van Gundy.

With a full-court run-up, the 6-11 Gortat successfully pulled off the dunk twice after the first one was disputed by Pietrus, who questioned his takeoff point.

Said Gortat, as he walked into the locker room mobbed by teammates: "I'll take my payment in Euros."

 But let me tell you something. It's not the fact that he knows every single move, word and tactic from Dwight that makes him a good candidate to become a Celtic. It is simply the fact that he is one of the best centers in the NBA right now. The guy can rebound, play D, block some shots and has a very good offensive arsenal as he has good hands and shoots well from mid range. Ah, and I forgot the main point: he is not expensive.

How the Celtics can get him:

Gortat has another two years of contract that will net him around $14 million. He has an extra season though an early termination option. I guess I don't have to tell you that it is a very reasonable contract for a very good center, a position that is extremely generously rewarded by GM's in the league. In order to trade for Marcin we would need to manage a sign and trade of Jeff Green or Glen Davis plus some draft pick or filler. The Suns have a recent history of trades and contacts with us in the past and it is a team still looking for a identity once Steve Nash retires. It would also be possible that we could do a bigger deal with them with some other pieces. In any case, wouldn't it be strange and at the same time possible that we would trade Perk to receive Gortat some months later?

Cons:

Having a true center with offensive touch and defensive prowess without touching the Big 4 would be more than excellent for us. Gortat would fill a need and he could even start over JO. He is a very good player.

Personally I would love to see Gortat in Celtic Green and not only because it would make us a much better team. Living in Poland I would have all sorts of information, articles and even rumors about him.

What do you think? Should the Celtics sign Marcin Gortat?

Bohemian 7/02/2011 10:37:00 AM Edit
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19 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I would love to see Gortat in Boston.

  2. ronit07 says:

    Yes from me becuz he has 3 point range now too :DD

  3. Jenda says:

    I'd love to see Perkins in Boston. Too bad.

  4. Anonymous says:

    perkins is so overrated....get over it already

  5. JR says:

    Perkins bashing is overrated.

  6. shelbyl says:

    I've always been a fan of Gortat. He struggled at his starting role in Phoenix in the beginning, but he has adapted to that later in the season. He'd be a great C for us, and if JO can stay healthy for at least the postseason, we'd have a run.

    Yet there is a lockout now, so I don't know what the hell is gonna happen after that.

  7. TOM Fanning says:

    Please specify which Marcin

  8. Anonymous says:

    I'm so proud of him cos i'm form Poland and it would be nice see him in green jersey.

  9. hov says:

    despite the fact that 'm from Poland too and i can be biased in my opinion marcin is better c than perk, with rr he would be a player for 20/10

  10. makki says:

    Well you forgot that there will be a new CBS and so a hard cap (everything else would be stupid, the league and the owner have the power now), that rules out Dwight's favourite destinations. Lakers wouldn't even be able to trade their guys because they'd still be over the cap and Orlando would be, too afterwards. So if there is a full season lock-out Howard can either sign with the Celtics, the Nets or another team (without title chances) below the cap.
    And we all need to accept that the Garnett/Allen era is nearly over...

  11. Bohemian says:

    To TOM Fanning,

    what do you mean? I've specified several times that it's Marcin Gortat...

    To Makki,

    We don't know yet what will happen with the CBA and the possible hard cap...but in any case, Dwight may go wherever. We can wait and try to be lucky, but you saw what happened last summer with LeBron. Do you want to play all your cards on Dwight? You may end up like NY, Cleveland or Chicago...

  12. YouGotRondo'd says:

    well Bohemian, New York has fared pretty well for a team who missed out on Lebron. now they have Melo and Stoudamire and they will be a force to be reckoned with whenever basketball gets going, whether it be October, January, or October 2012. and Chicago had the best record in the NBA without Lebron so I guess they did pretty well too. although if they got someone better than Boozer, they probably would've made it to the finals this year.. Cleveland, on the other hand, finished with the worst, or second worst?, record in the league.

    so if we were to play all our cards on Dwight, let's hope we at least end up like NY or Chicago and not Cleveland.

  13. Bohemian says:

    I think that NY gave away some good assets in order to get a player that is vastly overrated. A force to be reckoned?? Give me a break. The Knicks scare no one.

    The Bulls ended up doing a great season and the Cavs got laughed at by LeBron.

    As you see -and this was really my point- anything could happen, good or bad. I just would like to explore and discuss other avenues for the Celtics instead of just waiting for a star to fall on our lap (à la New Jersey, for example)

  14. Anonymous says:

    I don't believe stating that KP is an average center is bashing on the guy. That's reality. Feeling aside, I loved KP for all he represented as a Celtic, but I am glad w the value we got. JG averages as many rebounds as Perk and is a better player overall, besides that draft pick sweetens the deal even more. Happy w Wht we have

  15. gosia says:

    If we cant have dwight, Marcin is definately who i would wanna see in green :)

  16. Anonymous says:

    KP was solid in the celtics rotation with what was around him, he'll develop in OKC as time moves on. MG would be a huge addition for this team and has the talent to become a starter with this group, he is experienced and has his own kinda mean streak a center needs and we are missing with KP gone. Talent wise we got the better deal in the trade, it's done.....over. With a guy like Gortat he would fill that spot ably. But trading green for him does not make a bit of sense, Maybe Davis and a second round pick. PHX won't part with him for that so this whole discussion is probably moot unless the Celtics get really stupid with this situation. The C's have kept the big three/four for a reason.....one more shot, but selling the farm for a Used Class A motorhome for vacation for a year or so.....well not good business sense at all.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Gortat might require BBD and the Clippers pick or a swap of picks. Depending on the new CBA, Gortat's salary may be a good deal or it could hamper the ability to bring in major talent. In any case, I have long thought Gortat would be perfect for the C's. He's tough, rebounds well, hustles and he can run - a running team of Gortat, JJJ, JG, AB or West, and Rondo would be incredible and a lot of fun to watch.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Gortat is like 10 million times the player Perk was, and 50 billion times better then Perkins' certain injured ridddled future.
    I'd give up anyone on the team, othe than the 4 plus picks to get him.
    He's that good

  19. Anonymous says:

    To Jenda

    Perkins?? Give me a break!!!
    Overrated, can't grab a rebound (he taps the ball). As they say: "no rebound, no ring".
    When he receives the ball, he dribbles it before TRYING to land a lay-up. Often loose his temper which leads to technical fouls. The guy has no jump and is not a dominant center (dominated? XD). Toughness? Since when getting on the court with a mean face is the definition of Toughness?
    Good riddance!!
    Marcin Gortat is not the best, but a good center to had to the C's.

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