Raptors Looking To Sign-And-Trade Marion?
Old 04-21-2009, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Expect the Raptors and free agent forward Shawn Marion to help each other get the best situation possible this offseason. Marion, soon to be 31, understandably is hoping for a long-term contract, and he is still interested in Toronto, though he is keeping his options open. The Raptors are keeping their options open, too; they are very interested in re-signing Marion, but if he decides to go elsewhere, they hope to facilitate that via sign-and-trade to get a top player back. "With his contract, it gives us flexibility," said Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo, who had a season-ending meeting with Marion last week. "We are a good option with the right framework of a deal. But if he wants to move on, we will talk about alternatives like sign-and-trade. We have flexibility. It's a good place to play." Said Marion, "I've got to weigh every variation that I have. It's a big opportunity I have this summer." Marion was a great complement to Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani after arriving Feb. 13 in exchange for Jermaine O'Neal and Marcus Banks. He averaged 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals in 27 games for Toronto. While it was an adjustment going from the warm weather of Miami to a snowy Canadian city, Marion liked Toronto. "Toronto is a wonderful city," he said. "I've been here a few times for Caribana and stuff throughout my career. I never really got a chance to see the city and enjoy the city, but this is a nice city. The fans here are unbelievable, the organization is amazing." Considering that Marion would want much more than the mid-level exception, the only teams under the luxury tax that could likely be options are Miami, the Clippers, Oklahoma City, and Atlanta. The pros for Toronto are Marion's long relationship with Colangelo (dating back to their Suns days), the impending arrival of a top 10 draft pick, and Bosh, Bargnani, and guard Jose Calderon. The con is the unknown about Bosh's future as a Raptor. "When you drafted a guy 10 years ago and have been through a lot, together you have a better understanding of who Shawn Marion is and most of his contributions," Colangelo said. "That goes a long way for things to work. I can't see why it can't work. But we have flexibility."
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm all for keeping or trading Marion; what I don't like about this "going public" business is that if teams know it's not Shawn's preference to stay here,they can give us 70 cents on the dollar because our hand is being forced anyway.

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i hear you. but these days it's very hard to be tightlipped. if we're going to trade him, we should get someone who has a very similar playing style. someone who can push the ball (inbounding the ball then pass it back to the PG like the other guys), who can run, drives more often than not.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm ok with it because he said Toronto was wonderful haha
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With Marion?

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