As the player assigned by many the rank of most likely NBA player to be traded Marcin Gortat arrived for training camp with a pragmatic and admirable approach to this season.

"Now I've got three young stars coming to the practice to try to beat me up" the Polish Hammer Machine told reporters at media day.

What should be our first reaction? Well if Alex Len Slava Kravtsov and Miles Plumlee qualify as "stars" general manager Ryan McDonough is even wiser than most observers have presumed.

"We're all fighting for bread" Gortat said. "We're all fighting for milk."

And thank goodness we’re not hyperbole intolerant.

"I'm not going to let anybody take my job" said Gortat entering the final season on his current contract. "I'm going to come in here and fight these guys just like I fight everybody else. I never backed down from Dwight (Howard his former teammate in Orlando). Trust me I'm not going to back down from none of these guys."

That type of determination should keep his performance level and market value high.

But according to one league executive who watched Gortat play in the Eurobasket tournament his value must be rehabilitated -- just like the injured foot that kept Marcin on the shelf during the close of last season.