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Shawn Marion says he wants to play where he can win a ring

Jun 5, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

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Now is the time of the free agency calendar where the players tell you all the things that really matter to them — it’s always a chance to win rings first.

Talk to me again she the money is on the table.

The Dallas Mavericks want to bring Shawn Marion back and likely will offer more money than anyone else. And he likes it there. So you’d think that’s a match…. but now is the time of year when we talk about winning rings first and foremost. That’s what former Sun Marion told ArizonaSports.com.

“I want to play a couple more years,” he said, adding that his preference is to re-sign with Dallas, but he’s open to other locales. “My ultimate goal is to win another championship, so it’s wherever I feel is the best chance to win another championship.”

As for the reports he wants to retire a Maverick….

“That’s not what I said, I didn’t say that,” Marion stated. “I said that I didn’t know where I was going to retire (in the league), because I can’t dictate what’s going to happen this summer, I can’t control anything.

“If it happens, it happens, but what I said was I was going to retire (after the playing days are over) in the Dallas community.”

In the end, Marion will likely sign where he is offered the most money. I don’t mean that as disrespect to Marion, but it’s a business and he isn’t doing this for free. If a couple teams are close in money offered then winning (and weather and the rest of it) will come into play. The NBA is a business and everybody treats it like such.

Just remember throughout free agency when somebody says it’s not about the money, it is always about the money.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Well you can rule out the Knicks.

  2. engh533 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    It’s okay for any one else to say they want to go where they can win a ring but when Lebron says it .everybody says he’s taking the easy way out

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      ^ Nobody is going to admit you are right btw. Well I take that back. I’ll admit it.

    • davidly - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      You don’t suppose there is anything unique at all about the way he said it, do you?

      • reesesteel23 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        I hear ESPN asked him to announce it on television. With doing it, the Heat raised $3 million and 1000 new computers for the boys and girls clubs around the U.S. Impressive, no?

      • engh533 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        There many different languages in this world and they all sound different even when they say the same thing

      • bucrightoff - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        No. He could have donated that money himself and not been a total narcissist.

    • bucrightoff - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      What a very comparble situation. A guy who’s never been above a 3rd option, and a guy who his fans believe is the greatest to ever play the game. I can see the comparison.

      • engh533 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        And they both play the game for the same reason….WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!

      • bucrightoff - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Correct, but you do see how there’s a difference between a guy some (ridiculously)consider the best ever leaving a team to “chase a ring” and a career third option (and currently a sixth to eighth option) chasing a ring right?

      • engh533 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Your Hatred of Lebron is obvious but he still has the right to play wherever and for whatever he wants.He is an employee not a prisoner/slave

      • bucrightoff - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Right….but that doesn’t make him immune from criticism either. Comes with the territory.

      • reesesteel23 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Who are you to tell a guy he needs to donate his own money instead of raising it? lol laughable.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        He can do what he wants. He could have donated the money himself and not been seen as a narcissist and have many fans turn on him. Instead he chose to be seen as a narcissist and have many fans turn on him. He made his choice, his defenders shouldn’t complain about the choice he made.

      • engh533 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        But your criticism has no validity it is based purely on personal biased and prejudice.You are such a hypocrite..when Lebron does/says something a person like you will criticize him for trying to be above everyone else.But in this you suggesting that he was wrong for wanting what everyone else wants.You do understand the difference Right!!!

      • bucrightoff - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Michael spent 7 years not getting a ring in Chicago, and he didn’t bolt. Wanna guess how many of the top 10 players ever bolted a team to win a ring elsewhere? (Hint, the answer is LeBron).

      • engh533 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        It’s your Biased opinion that says he is a Top 10 player

      • bucrightoff - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        So he’s not a top 10 player? And if you say he’s number 1 or top 5….you realize that’s still technically top 10 right?

      • engh533 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        Regardless of where I think he ranks..that’s my opinion but the FACT is he has the right by virtue of fulfilling his contractual obligations to go wherever he seen fit and for the purpose of winning a championship if he also saw fit to it

  3. thekingdave - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Wrong. I thought it was equally lame of Miller, Battier, Lewis etc.

  4. savvybynature - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Come to the Spurs. Not too far from your house in Dallas, great organization and a contender.
    Always respected Marion’s game, despite his goofy-looking shot.

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      He’s the only guy in the NBA that I don’t expect his shot to Ever go in when he shoots. Good player either way.

  5. jadaruler - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    I’ve felt for a while that the Rockets interest in Dirk is a smoke screen for nabbing Marion. He can play the 4 and gives Houston another defender to go along with D12.

  6. engh533 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    NBA teams are companies and the players are employees and those employees should have the right to work wherever they see fit and for whatever incentives are available.DO You UNDERSTAND what I AM SAYING

  7. azarkhan - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    I’ll always remember the Matrix as a member of those exciting Phoenix Suns teams that had Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire, Boris Diaw, etc.

  8. ringjames - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Go to Miami!!!

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