The Phoenix Suns decided to trade starting center Marcin Gortat before the start of the season, getting Emeka Okafor in return. It was known that Okafor picked up a neck injury, but it seems that it was more severe than expected and Okafor could miss half of the season.
Many will assume the reason the Wizards executed this trade for Marcin Gortat is that the status of Emeka Okafor’s herniated disk looks more dire than they’ll admit.
And that assumption would be correct.
CSN Washington has learned that the Wizards had talked about making the swap with the Phoenix Suns before, but the deal was fast-tracked over the last three or four days when it became evident that Okafor — who is listed as out indefinitely — won’t be coming back any time soon.
Initial reports seem to be that Okafor will be out for three months and possibly even longer. Clearly the Suns knew about this and made the trade knowing that Okafor will miss significant time. Phoenix was able to get an additional draft pick and could potentially trade Okafor’s expiring contract before the trade deadline, meaning that the big man might never put on a Suns uniform.