Is Shawn Marion Headed to the Dallas Mavericks?

ani uContributor IJuly 6, 2009

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The Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors are discussing a sign-and-trade deal that would send Shawn Marion to Dallas.

The deal is not imminent, but there may have to be a third team to make the salary exchange work. Dallas would most likely have to give up Jerry Stackhouse, who will earn $7 million next season with only $2 million guaranteed. Marion would be making less money if he wasn't acquired through a sign-and-trade, because as a free agent he would likely only get mid-level money.

Marion, 31, averaged 13.2 points and 8.5 rebounds a game for the Miami Heat and the Raptors last season. His numbers aren't close to where they were with Phoenix, but placing him with Jason Kidd and other scorers around him, he will be able to slash to the bucket more and have defenses less concentrated on him.

The lineup will be intriguing for Dallas, because the Mavericks may have to put Josh Howard at shooting guard, which is an unnatural position for him. Or are they going to bring Marion off the bench to bring some energy?

Either way, "The Matrix" makes Dallas better, but I don't think it puts us at the top. Dallas will need to make one more key acquisition to make the Mavericks legit contenders out west.