Marcin Gortat, an iron man in his six year NBA career has missed just a full hand of games. On March 6th in a game against the Toronto Raptors, Gortat went down with a mid-foot sprain that has kept him out of action since.
The Suns are 24-55 on the season with just three games remaining on schedule of what’s been a very forgettable season for the franchise. Gortat has made it clear that he wants to play again before the season’s end, but will he?
“I would like to definitely step on the court and say goodbye to the fans. The perfect occasion maybe would be the Houston game at home, the last game at home. Just step on the court, take one last jump shot and leave. That would be a great thing for me but we’ll see.”
The original timetable for Gortat’s return was four to six weeks, and at this point, he’s about to hit the sixth week mark. Gortat was given permission by doctors nearly a couple of weeks ago to take off his walking boot which allowed him to return to the practice court.
Gortat has yet to practice with the team however he’s been able to do a lot of the routine stuff. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic tweeted this on April 4th: “Gortat shot today without a walking boot on his formerly sprained foot. Now says he’s learning to walk & would like a 1-game return cameo.”
There has been few updates on Gortat’s condition, but the news broke a few days ago that Gortat is now traveling with the team. His return to the hardwood is uncertain however the Houston game Gortat’s targeting is just three days away.
“There’s a lot of people telling me that, ‘Why would you come back? For what? There’s no need for you to come back,’” Gortat said. “I’m risking a lot. It would just (be) better to get ready for the next year.
In reality, there is little purpose for Gortat to play again from a basketball standpoint. However, if he does indeed lace up his sneakers again and step on the court in purple, it could be the last time he does so(Judging by his statement above, it seems like he thinks so too). There has been no shortage of Gortat trade rumors, and he’s caused up quite a bit of stir in Phoenix this past season with his controversial interviews done in Polish. With a draft full of quality NBA big-men, Gortat could very well be traded on draft-day or during the course of the summer.
In Gortat’s 61 games this season he’s averaging 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks while shooting 52% from the floor. Gortat has one-year remaining on his contract(After this season) and he’s set to make $7.72 million dollars next season.