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Shawn Marion is still producing at a solid level, and his 10.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game would indicate that the 34-year-old has quite a bit left in the tank.
As is the case with Carter, Kaman and almost every other player on the roster, Marion could be a prime candidate to play for another team next season.
UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:20 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway
Though it's possible that Marion will be moved by the Feb. 21 trade deadline, he has no plans on going to a bad situation. Speaking with ESPN's Tim McMahon, Marion indicated he would refuse to report if the Mavericks traded him to a cellar-dwelling franchise.
“If I’m going to get traded, they’re going to tell me what’s going on and where I’m going,” Marion said. “Because if I’m going to a (expletive) situation, I’m not going. It’s just that simple."
It's certainly an understandable position. Though Dallas is nowhere near title contention, Marion has spent the past three-and-a-half seasons with the franchise. At age 34, comfort matters in the life of an NBA player.
So while it's possible that the Mavs ship Marion elsewhere, the veteran forward has already limited their options greatly.
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While Marion’s contract isn’t the most cap-friendly available on the trade market, Marion is still producing, and he offers the potential to make a difference for teams still in playoff contention. His contract runs through next season, but that’s also a time when select teams may try to clear cap space for a run at potential free agent LeBron James.
As indicated by Sefko, trade rumors involving Marion and others will be a “fact of life” in the coming weeks, presumably because there will be a lot of teams interested in trying to sway a deal for the forward.
There aren’t any concrete rumors of specific teams shopping for Marion at the moment, but NBA executives are always involved in talks to gauge interest. It’s only a matter of time before we begin to hear trade speculation involving Marion, Carter, Kaman and the rest of the Mavericks squad.