I wrote this yesterday as a comment over at Raptors Republic
We pretty much know Shawn Marion’s salary if he returns to Toronto. He won’t resign if he’s not paid significantly more than the MLE. A good contract would be between $7-8 million. A bad contract would be $9-10 million.
Shawn Marion will have MLE contract offers on the table. That’ll be worth $32mil over five years.
The Raptors will likely have to pay Marion a contract that lasts for four to five seasons. Otherwise, he’ll be passing up guaranteed money, in order to play for a worse team that has no hope at contending for a title, and be on a team that doesn’t really make him a focal point (14ppg, 12 shots) …. which is very unlikely.
It appears that re-signing Marion is one of the Raps priorities heading into this offseason. I don’t like their game plan, but hey, it is what it is.