I was just reading the article about Orlando matching Dallas' offer for Gortat. Gortat's contract is for 5 years and $34 million over 5 years or roughly 6.8 million per year. Gortat has only been in the league 2 years. His first season he averaged 3.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, and .2 blocks. His second season he improved somewhat to 3.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and .8 blocks.
Perk on the other hand, has been in the league 6 seasons. He has improved every season except one. Here are his stats. Year 1: 2.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, .2 blocks (he only played a total of 19 minutes the entire season) Year 2: 2.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, .6 blocks (in only 9 minutes per game) Year 3: 5.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 blocks Year 4: 4.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocks (the only season he didn't improve. This was the season he battled plantar fasciitis most of the season) Year 5: 6.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks Year 6: 8.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks Perk also stepped up his game as he broke out in the playoffs with 11.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.
Both players will be 25 this season (Gortat was 25 in February and Perk won't be 25 until November). Gortat will be making 6.8 million or so as a back up center for the Magic, while Perk will be making just over 4 million as the starting center for the Celtics. Gortat's contract just shows how desperate this league is for true centers. The Celtics should realize what a bargain they have in Perk and hang on to him. His replacement could be very expensive.
Perk has improved every year and had a break out of sorts in the playoffs so I very much expect this to be his best season yet. And, he is still only 24. That would be quite the front line with Perk, KG and Sheed all out there on the court. Sheed can play the power 3. I don't think Big Baby is quick enough, though.