UPDATE: Coro clarified the rumor on Twitter: “I mentioned All-Star break talk of a Perkins/Lamb/pick-Gortat/Tucker swap. Apparently, that was a league rumor but not actual team talks.”
Much of the Suns’ trade talk seems to have simmered down as the Thursday 1 p.m. deadline nears, but there is one more possibility.
ESPN.com reported New York’s interest in Jermaine O’Neal and Toronto’s interest in Sebastian Telfair while another source said there was All-Star break talk of Oklahoma City exploring Marcin Gortat and P.J. Tucker for Kendrick Perkins, Jeremy Lamb and a first-round pick.
Perkins is the type of center to fit the new defensively geared culture, although he is limited offensively for a team wanting to post up its big men. Lamb probably would have been the Suns’ draft pick in June had Houston not made a trade to move up two spots and take him in front of Phoenix. The Suns do have $6.4 million of cap room to take on salary in a deal, but it is more likely that the Suns stand pat to protect their two first-round draft picks and salary-cap space, which leaves room to sign a maximum-level free agent.
Just a note: Typically when information like this leaks out — there were discussions at one point — that mostly means the talks didn’t go anywhere and one of the sides is comfortable letting it out. When you trade with OKC, it doesn’t normally happen after there has been leaked information all over the place. It comes together quickly and is done.
But as for the rumored deal: I know some of you are fist-pumping about this deal, but I hate it. Gortat is solid, Tucker is a scrub on a good team. And the Thunder would be giving up a starter, a lottery pick asset, and a first round pick? That feels like way too much. Gortat’s not that good, is he?
We’ll know what the Thunder in store Thursday. But don’t count on this one going down.