Friday, March 7, 2014
Adding a front-court piece in hopes of finally returning to the playoffs, the Washington Wizards acquired center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in a multiplayer trade Friday.
Phoenix got injured center Emeka Okafor and a top-12 protected first-round draft pick in 2014 – giving the rebuilding Suns potentially four choices in the opening round.
The Suns also sent guards Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee to Washington so the deal will work financially. The Wizards are expected to waive all three.
The 6-foot-11 Gortat averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds last season. He is entering his eighth season, and has averaged 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds with Orlando, Toronto and Phoenix.
KNICKS: New York waived veteran big men Ike Diogu, Josh Powell and Jeremy Tyler, as well as forwards C.J. Leslie and Chris Douglas-Roberts.HOCKEY
AHL: Portland Pirates forward Tim Kennedy was recalled by the Phoenix Coyotes.
Kennedy, 27, appeared in one game for the Pirates, a 5-2 win Wednesday night at Hartford. Previously he had two assists in four games with the Coyotes.GOLF
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Kenny Perry birdied five of the first six holes and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the AT&T Championship at San Antonio.
LPGA: Suzann Pettersen had a hole-in-one and increased her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.TENNIS
WTA: Li Na reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships in Istanbul with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Victoria Azarenka, who was wincing in pain from a back injury that brought her to tears.
SWISS INDOORS: Roger Federer raised his game to beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the quarterfinals of his hometown tournament in Basel, Switzerland.
VALENCIA OPEN: Defending champion David Ferrer will play former winner Nicolas Almagro in the semifinals in Valencia, Spain, after both Spaniards won quarterfinals.FOOTBALL
NFL: New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes won’t be back for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati – the fourth straight game he’ll miss due to a hamstring injury.
n Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and linebacker Manny Lawson are doubtful for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
n The St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers drew a total of $47,250 in fines for their chippy game last Sunday.
n Reggie Rogers, a first-round draft pick whose career stalled after he was sentenced to prison for a 1988 car crash that killed three teenagers, died in Washington state of undisclosed causes. He was 49.BASEBALL
AMERICAN LEAGUE: Former Seattle Mariners Manager Don Wakamatsu was hired as a bench coach by the Kansas City Royals.
NATIONAL LEAGUE: Two-time NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum finalized his $35 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.SOCCER
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM: Julian Green, an 18-year-old forward for Bayern Munich’s reserves, will attend the U.S. national team’s training camp in Europe next month even though he isn’t yet eligible to play.
– From staff and news services