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Shawn Marion News
Trans. Feb 13 11:01 ET (Feb 13 11:01 ET ) If owner Mark Cuban has anything to do with, Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion will make the NBA's all-defensive team this season. "It's not a question if he's first team," Cuban said before Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Shawn Marion had 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 in becoming the 17th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Orleans Hornets 107-89 on Sunday night.
The NBA trade deadline falls on Feb. 21, which means that teams are frantically assessing their needs and deciding if they want to be buyers, sellers, or loiterers in this market. Our Kelly Dwyer ran through some of the hottest rumors on Monday, and in just a few days those stories have mutated and developed into about 400 different scenarios. 'Tis the season, I guess.
The Dallas Mavericks are one team that's likely to sell. Owner Mark Cuban has already said his bank is open , and the Mavs aren't looking much like a playoff team at 21-28 and 11th in the West. Some of their veterans could be on the block. That list includes versatile forward Shawn Marion, one of a handful of Mavericks left from the 2011 NBA champions. Marion is the sort of smart, capable player that a contender can use at both ends. Yet, with a sizable contract expiring after next season, he could also prove valuable to a young, rebuilding team willing to wait for its cap space.
Except, according to Marion, he has no interest in playing for a bad team and won't report to one if he's dealt. From Tim McMahon for ESPNDallas.com :
The Scoop: None.
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Dallas Mavericks Prospective Free Agent Profile: Josh Smith (Yahoo! Contributor Network) (2 Days Ago | courtesy: Yahoo! Contributor Network) COMMENTARY | The Dallas Mavericks have an abundance of salary cap space heading into this offseason and pure logic would suggest that they will be one of the more active players in both the free agent and trade markets this summer. And while there are only two viable franchise centerpieces on the market via unrestricted free agency in Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, the Mavericks will certainly look at a bevy of other free agent options. More...