"hey im a long time magic fan and i was wondering do you think the magic are going to trade gortatand for who???" -David
David, I'm one of those Magic fans that thinks Otis did not just bring Gortat back to trade him in December. Gortat will be experimented at PF. Having two seven footers who are: big, physical, athletic, good finishers, great rebounders/defenders, with potential is a deadly thing and will not be broken up to save money..... especially if Gortat and Howard learn how to play on offense together.
But despite Orlando's great depth they still have one worry.... a capable replacement if Jameer's health becomes an issue. If this happens this is when Gortat becomes a trading piece. I think likely destinations include: Portland, Chicago, Dallas, and Indiana.
Portland: Out of the four teams I named the Blazers are the only one who couldn't use a center. But with Oden's injury history and their stockpile on PG's it could work. Andre Miller won't be going anywhere, but Steve Blake could. Blake is a veteran who hits the three. And with Bayless as a third stringer they can afford to move Blake.
Chicago: Chicago makes the most sense. The Bulls have been looking for a big man forever, and ever since Rose has been drafted they have been looking to move Hinrich. Noah moves to his natural position, PF and now they can afford to move Tyrus Thomas. Win-Win.
Dallas: This probably makes the least sense for Orlando, but we all know Dallas would be interested. I'd want JET in return, but JJ and a bunch of other pieces could work.
Indiana: They want to get rid of TJ Ford's contract, they need some toughness, and they plan on drafting a PG anyways. Earl Watson could be another option.
We might hold a chat tonight, tomorow, or Thursday if I get enough interest. Leave a comment (anyone can comment) or get at us on twitter telling us you're interested and what time would be good for you: tonight- 9 PM, tomorow- 11 AM, tomorow - 2 PM, Thursday - 12 PM, or Thursday - 3 PM. [if none of these times are good for you put your own time] You can also leave comments/or get at us on twitter with more questions.