Phoenix Suns Trade Four Players, Secure Miserable Season

In case it wasn't abundantly clear that the Phoenix Suns would be horrible this season, it's even clearer now.

The Suns traded center Marcin Gortat and guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee, and Kendall Marshall to the Washington Wizards for center Emeka Okafor (who's injured) and a 2014 protected first round draft pick.

Unless you were having some sort of delusion/hallucination that the Suns could have made the playoffs this year, this deal works out well for the Suns, who now have four possible first-round draft picks next year.

In addition to their own pick, which will undoubtedly be a lottery pick, they've stocked up three other teams' first-rounders, although each of those picks is protected, i.e., they won't be lottery picks.

Still, popular NBA punditry says the 2014 draft class will be the deepest in years.

As for Okafor (who was a second overall draft pick once upon a time), he's out "indefinitely" with an injury, and his contract expires after this year, so don't be in a rush to buy that jersey.

So, if you're a die-hard Suns fan, we can only recommend hibernation until the 2014 draft.

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