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Shawn Marion says he will not report if traded to a bad team

Feb 8, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

Dallas Mavericks forward Marion shoots against the Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas Reuters

The Dallas Mavericks would like as much cap space as possible this summer to make a run at free agents — you think they are not watching the Dwight Howard situation with the Lakers closely? They want another star to pair with Dirk Nowitzki.

The Mavericks only have $42.2 million in guaranteed salary on the books if every option is picked up for next season. They have room to offer a max deal, but they may want more room. One way to potentially clear out some cap space would be to move Shawn Marion and the $9.3 million he is owed next year.

It’s not expected that Marion will be traded, but if he is he told the Dallas Morning News he will not report to a weak team.

“The thing is, right now, you come into a position like I am, this is my 14th season,” Marion, 34, said after practice Friday. “If I’m going to get traded, they’re going to tell me what’s going on and where I’m going.

“Because if I’m going to a (crummy) situation, I’m not going. It’s just that simple….

“At this time, I’m too old to be trying to go through a (bad situation). . . and not have a chance to do anything,” Marion said. “I’m at a point where I want to be playing for something right now.”

Marion is not likely to be traded. But now he’s really not likely, because elite teams are not going to take on that much money for a player and he’s likely done an effective job of scaring off lesser teams.

  1. therealhtj - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    He’s certainly welcome to take a $0 buyout the way Derek Fisher did to go wherever he wants. I’m thinking $9 million says he shows up pretty much wherever they dump him.

  2. ajek23 - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Dude 1 you are not that good 2 you have a ring and 3 your no spruce chicken ne more

  3. ajek23 - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    So suck it up and report cuz u could get a buyout and get $0

  4. nawlinsmitty - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Does he think he is an elite player?

    • mytthor - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      Guy’s ridden the coattails of better players his whole career. He should name all his kids after Steve Nash.

      • hannsta - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:23 AM

        Im a Marion fan. He just doesn’t want to end up being that burned out guy who rotates around the league for years until its made painfully obvious that he needs to retire. Dont look at this as a cocky mindset, its him recognizing his career isnt MJ’s, and wanting to leave on a high note.

      • eugenesaxe - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        The George Foreman school of parenting.

  5. cosanostra71 - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    So he’s not going to report to the Mavericks?

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:01 AM

      Bingo! Got it before I could.

  6. drex1 - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    if he dont report does the team get to release him at no cost? damn i’d make that trade in a heartbeat on a rebuilding team if thats the case..

  7. scoregasmic - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    He’s not a bad guy for this, at his age I would also not want to go to a bad team either. He knows he’s not good enough to change a team which is why he wants to be on a good one

  8. zerole00 - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    If the Mavs are his idea of a good situation then he basically doesn’t want to go to the Bobcats or Magic.

  9. jeff6381 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    The team you play for is crummy!!!!

    • badintent - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Duh ! Winning ! Tiger blood..
      One word for Matrix
      China !

  10. baymac408 - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Shawn Marion is wack!! Dude looks hella uncoordinated… Dribbles sloppy.. Runs like a nerd.. And shoots so wierd.. He’s got a really wack style.. I know that there are better players then this guy that should get playing time.. He’s always been hella awkward and wack!

  11. jimeejohnson - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Shawn Marion was an NBA all-star from 2002-2007; has a 16.4 scoring average over his 14 year career, with a very respectable .484 FG% and an excellent .813 FT%. His career stats are similar to guys like Scottie Pippen, Kevin McHale, John Havlicek, and Paul Pierce His unorthodox style of play fools fools: Sean Marion has been a consistent and solid NBA player throughout his career. The punks who berate him show how little they know about professional basketball.

    • tk41 - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Agreed. Guy has made over $100M. If he doesn’t wish to report, that is his prerogative. Chauncey Billups did the same thing back in the day & forced his trade to DET.

  12. monkeyhateclean - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I was about to berate him like the rest of you, but then I reconsidered.

    Marion is in his 14th season. In that time, he’s played on great teams and lousy teams. He’s made his money, and doesn’t appear to be one of those knuckleheads who “make it rain” every night in the strip clubs, only to find themselves flat broke by their mid-20s.

    At best, Marion can probably play at an NBA level for only a couple more years. Most bad teams are (or should be) in some type of youth movement, and those teams aren’t about to give a 34 year old minutes at the expense of developing their younger players. But on a contender, he can still be a 6th or 7th man, as an aggressive defender and rebounder.

    That’s why he put this out to the media, and I hope he does finish out with a chance for another ring.

  13. michaeljordanseviltwin - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    This is Marion attempting to kill his trade value. It won’t work. GMs understand the game, guys won’t just quit with all that money on the line. Besides, he’s already on a bad team.

  14. eugenesaxe - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Sounds perfect for a bad team looking to save money. No show, no pay.

  15. sunlightpianist - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Somewhere he was listed with an early termination option after this season. If he wants, he is free-agent in summer.

    He is still a very good defender, defending many positions, solid rebounder, and per 36 minutes his stats this year are above 13/10, with shooting 49,5%. He will make the Top-20 of all-time leaders in steals soon.

    So absolutely no reason to talk trash about him. If he doesn’t need more money, after 14 years he can do what he wants to do.

  16. baymac408 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    @jimmeejohnson: don’t be a hero little punk!! You will get berated physically hahaha

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