NBA Roundtable

Dallas Close To Acquiring Marion

In Free Agency, Trade Talk on July 8, 2009 at 2:26 pm
Shawn Marion Is Heading To Dallas

Shawn Marion Is Heading To Dallas

Yahoo Sports reports

The Dallas Mavericks are close to acquiring Shawn Marion in a sign-and-trade deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources said Wednesday.

Jerry Stackhouse will be dealt to the Raptors, who will ship his contract to another team for considerations.

The Trade

It’s unclear whether it’s a three team trade, or a straight trade followed up by a second trade by Toronto to a team below the cap.

Creative work by Donnie Nelson and Bryan Colangelo. Nicely done.

I didn’t think this trade was possible when I first heard of it, but I was wrong, and by including a third team they were able to get it done. The Raptors were able to avoid the $2 million cap charge from Stackhouse after he was waived, by sending him to a third team.

Dallas Mavericks

Good acquisition for Dallas.

An interesting question, what starting lineup do they use? And at what position does Shawn Marion play most of his minutes?

  • Offensive Powerhouse — Kidd + Terry + Howard + Marion + Dirk — a team that plays at a blazing speed and runs the opponent off the floor. It would very likely be a below average defensive team though, best case likely being a mediocre defense. It would do alright on the boards so long as Howard did his fair share.
  • Rebounding + Defense — Kidd + Howard + Marion + Dirk + Gortat — This team could very well lead the league in rebounding differential, and they’d be a very good defensive squad to boot. Their offense wouldn’t be the prettiest thing in the world, but if their defense is good enough, it wouldn’t have to be.
    • It would likely turn into an isolation based offense based around Dirk and Howard, which limits Kidd.
    • Marion’s lack of shooting ability hurts Dallas here. It’s hard to play Gortat alongside another a second non-shooter. The problem is compounded again by Josh Howard’s mediocre shooting ability (very good slasher, mediocre shooter). They’d be relying heavily on Kidd + Dirk to space the floor, which also means they’d be relying heavily on Kidd’ss good shooting to continue.

I think it’s best to start with the big lineup, and then switch to the smaller lineup for periods during games. It will be very difficult for opposing teams to match up with such diverse styles of play. That would mean Marion plays most of his minutes as a three, and some at the four.

Toronto Raptors

It’ll be interesting to see if the Raptors get anything out of this deal, or if they’re just being kind to one of their own players.

Third Unnamed Team

Presumably they’re getting $3 million in cash to cover the cost of waiving Stackhouse ($2 million), and a little extra for profits to make their participation worthwhile.

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