UPDATE: Coro has passed along word that these talks were just “league rumors” and not actual talks between the two teams.
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.
— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) February 20, 2013
Believe it or not, there is some buzz building about the Oklahoma City Thunder’s interest in Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic passed along the news that the Thunder were rumored to be discussing a potential deal with the Suns that was centered around Gortat and Kendrick Perkins. Coro wrote:
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.
Gortat is set to become a free agent in 2014, while Perkins is signed through the 2014-15 NBA season.
Stay tuned to FanSided.com through the NBA trade deadline for up to date trade rumors and news.