Mavericks, Grizzlies, Magic, and Raptors Make Four-Way Deal

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 9, 2009

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After a few days of mild discussion regarding Shawn Marion departing from the Toronto Raptors and joining the Dallas Mavericks' roster, ESPN now reports that a four-way deal has been accepted and is waiting on the league office for final approval.


Dallas Mavericks

Acquire: Toronto's Shawn Marion (who will receive a five-year, nearly $40 million contract), Kris Humphries, and Memphis' Greg Bucker (who will more likely than not be released).


Memphis Grizzlies

Acquire: Dallas' Jerry Stackhouse (along with a cash payment to buy out Stackhouse's contract) and Toronto's Quincy Douby.


Toronto Raptors

Acquire: Dallas' Devean George and Antoine Wright (turning the Turkoglu signing into a sign-and-trade, giving the Raptors an opportunity to re-sign Carlos Delfino).


Orlando Magic

Acquire: Receive a trade exception for being a part of the Hedo Turkoglu sign-and-trade deal, giving them up to $7 million to spend in a future deal.

"Teams with a trade exception have up to a year in which they can acquire more salary in other trades (Trade No. 2, No. 3, etc) than they send away, as long as the gulf in salaries for Trade No. 2, No. 3, etc are less than or equal to the difference in salary for Trade No.1. " —(Wiki)


Who Got the Better End of the Deal?

To be quite honest, each team improves with this deal. They either received a player that will now help them contend for the playoffs (Mavericks/Marion), obtained a substantial amount of money for the near future (Memphis/Stackhouse buy out), cleared space to sign a player (Raptors/Delfino), or acquired money for a future trade exception (Orlando).

I say kudos to all the GMs and owners that were a part of this transaction!