Washington Wizards land Marcin Gortat from Phoenix Suns

Wizards trade for Gortat
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The Washington Wizards trade Emeka Okafor and a 2014 first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns for Marcin Gortat and three guards.

Polish center Marcin Gortat has joined the Washington Wizards from the Phoenix Suns as part of a five-player trade.

Gortat and guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall head to Washington in return for the expiring contract of 2004-05 Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 first-round pick (to No. 12).

Following the move, Gortat tweeted: "I knew it [was] gonna happen so Im glad it happened now not in mid season.! Its still hard to leave such a great city."

The 29-year-old, who stands 6'11" tall, averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season for the Suns.

The Wizards begin their season with a trip to Detroit on Wednesday night.

Marcin Gortat #4 of the Phoenix Suns slam dunks the ball against the Boston Celtics during the NBA game at US Airways Center on February 22, 2013
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