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Old 12-17-2008, 09:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Smith: Raptors Interest In Marion Is Apparently Legit

According to Doug the Raptors have made some calls to Miami regarding Marion. Now its just a matter of what BC's offering.

Originally Posted by Doug Smith
The big name being kicked around in trade rumours around the league is Shawn Marion, which should come as absolutely no surprise. Itís really not working for him down in Miami, the Heat are bumbling along and they arenít going to sign him long-term.

Yes, the Raptors have talked to Miami and Iíve been assured by a few people that Marionís name has come up.

But Iím not sure thereís a fit unless itís for Jermaine OíNeal because thereís no way the Heat can do three- or four-for-one, which would be necessary to make the money work in a Toronto deal.

Would that work for the Raptors? Well, itíd move Bargnani back to the starting role and the front court would be him, Bosh, Hump and Jake Voskuhl. Youíd have Marion and Moon and Joey at three (thatís a glut) and Kapono and Parker still at the two.

Itíd be a rebounding upgrade Ė Marion averages about 10 a game for his career Ė but heís not a great shooter, doesnít really create his own shot all the well, and thrived mainly next to Steve Nash, who doesnít play here.

But the talk is legit and thatís got to make some people happy.
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