These three moves alone would be a great offseason for most General Managers, but McDonough should not be finished. There is still much more work to be done, but what should be his next move? Trading Marcin Gortat.
I understand Gortat is one of the best, if not the best, players on the team. I also understand that Gortat is well liked and a fan favorite in Phoenix. However, Gortat does not figure into the team long term. He is entering into the final year of his contract and the team also just used the fifth overall draft pick in the 2013 draft on Alex Len, who is seen as the Center of the future for the franchise. Now, it might be beneficial to have Gortat around during Len's first year so the rookie can learn from him, but you risk losing Gortat at the end of the season if he does not resign with the team. This is why he must be traded.
Gortat is seen as a top 15, maybe even a top 10 Center in the NBA. In today's game a good, quality big man is hard to find so teams will definitely want him. The Suns' best option would be to trade Gortat to a fringe team, one that is on the cusp of being in the playoffs. A team like the Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers or Minnesota Timberwolves would fit this description. The key to this being a good deal for the Suns is that they have to receive at least a first round draft pick in 2014 for the Polish Center. This could possibly rule out the Timberwolves from the discussion since the Suns might already be getting their first round pick in the next draft from the Wesley Johnson/Robin Lopez/Hakim Warrick trade with Minnesota and New Orleans (the pick is top 13 protected). The team they trade with shouldn't be a top contender like the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder, because the draft pick will most likely be in the 25-30 range. Even though the upcoming 2014 draft class is supposed to be very deep, that late of a pick is not as desirable.
If the Suns are able to pull off a trade like this, sending Marcin Gortat away for a first round pick and more, they will be in an excellent position heading into the 2014 NBA Draft. They will already have their own pick, which will most likely be top five again, the Pacers' first round pick (this pick is not guaranteed, it is lottery protected but who doesn't expect Indiana to make the playoffs?), hopefully a mid-first round pick from the Gortat trade, and maybe even the Timberwolves' pick. That is a total of four first round picks in a stacked 2014 draft. Phoenix would then have the option to use all their picks on players for themselves, or package together some picks to try and move up and maybe draft two top talents like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon.
No matter what the Suns were to do with their abundance of draft picks, the bright possibilities are unless. Trading Marcin Gortat is not just a possibility it is a necessity.