Adding a front-court piece in hopes of finally returning to the playoffs, the Washington Wizards have acquired centre Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in a multiplayer trade.

Phoenix will get injured centre Emeka Okafor and a top-12-protected first-round draft pick in 2014.

The Suns are sending guards Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee to Washington so the deal will work financially. The Wizards are expected to waive that trio of players.

The 6-foot-11, 240-pound Gortat averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds last season. He is entering his eighth NBA season, and has averaged 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while playing for Orlando, Toronto and Phoenix.

Okafor has been sidelined indefinitely by a herniated disk in his neck.