Boston Celtics to propose trade for center Marcin Gortat

Nov 16, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) shoots over Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) during the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

It’s no surprise that, with their lack of interior size, the Boston Celtics have struggled defending the paint and rebounding just 12 games into the 2012-13 NBA season.

But, according to Przeglad Sportowy, it looks like they’ll be looking to upgrade their lack of size sooner rather than later.

The Phoenix Suns are willing to exchange (Gortat to) the Boston Celtics, who are soon to submit a concrete proposal.

If this report is correct, the Celtics would be filling a major hole in their roster by trading for the 6’11 Gortat.

They rank No. 30 in the NBA with 35.8 rebounds per game. Boston is allowing opponents to shoot the fifth best field goal percentage at the rim, sending home 67.7 percent of their shots according to Hoopdata.com. They’re also allowing the third best field goal percentage within 3-9 feet at 45.9 percent.

Boston’s only 7-footers are Jason Collins, who has been glued to the bench and Fab Melo, who was recently sent to the Developmental League. Starting center, Kevin Garnett, stands at 6’11, Chris Wilcox stands at 6’10 and the rest of the team is 6’9 or shorter, so it should be expected for Boston to at least consider kicking the tires on the Polish veteran.

The “Polish Hammer” stands under 6’11, but is averaging 11 points and nine boards a game for the Phoenix Suns. It’s only speculation at this point on who the Celtics would trade for the five-year veteran, but it would most likely have to include a young piece (Avery Bradley or Courtney Lee) and a big (Brandon Bass or Fab Melo).

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