NBA rumors: Magic interested in trading for unhappy Suns center Marcin Gortat, according to report

Marcin Gortat - Christian Petersen

Orlando traded the Polish big man to the Suns in 2010 and is now reportedly among the teams interested in acquiring him.

Marcin Gortat is unhappy with the Phoenix Suns. In an interview with Marcin Harasimowicz of Przeglad Sportowy, translated by Adam Koscielak of Gothic Ginobili, Gortat expressed his frustration with not being Phoenix's top option on offense. Instead, coach Alvin Gentry has called on Luis Scola to get the majority of the Suns' post touches.

"I've been doing the dirty work all my life, and now I have to come back to that," Gortat said, according to Koscielak's translation. "I will fight for what's mine. I'll try to prove to the coach that I can play an important role in the offence. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm even an option for Gentry. He doesn't even take me into consideration."

Gortat rejected a contract extension the Suns offered him. Harasimowicz reports the Orlando Magic, Gortat's first NBA club, are among the teams interested in trading for him. The Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, and Dallas Mavericks are also keen on Gortat, according to the report.

Gortat has averaged 8.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocked shots in his NBA career, now in its sixth season. He got his start as Dwight Howard's backup with the Magic and played effectively in limited minutes. In December 2010, Orlando dealt him to Phoenix, for which he's averaged 14.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocked shots on 55.5 percent shooting since.

As it happens, Gortat will be Dante Marchitelli's guest for Tuesday's edition of Magic Drive Time on 740 AM in Orlando. Magic Drive Time airs at 5:30 PM.

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