Many will assume the reason the Wizards executed this trade for Marcin Gortat is that the status of Emeka Okafor's herniated disk looks more dire than they'll admit.

And that assumption would be correct.

CSN Washington has learned that the Wizards had talked about making the swap with the Phoenix Suns before, but the deal was fast-tracked over the last three or four days when it became evident that Okafor -- who is listed as out indefinitely -- won't be coming back any time soon.

President Ernie Grunfeld hinted at that Saturday after the Wizards practiced.

"If Emeka didn't have the (injury) it probably wouldn't have been as imperative for us to get another big man in there. We don't know what his status will be," Grunfeld said. "Emeka was very frustrated with his situation. There's really no timetable for him. Probably if Emeka was healthy it probably wouldn't have been as important for us to get another big man."

There was a chance, given if his neck responded to therapy, that Okafor could've bounced back in a couple of months. With training camp and preseason over, however, the prognosis didn't improve enough to give the Wizards hope.