Believe it or not but Shawn Marion is still on the NBA open market. It’s not for lack of interest he hasn’t signed with another team; it’s actually Marion who is weighing his options. The question I’ve been asking is why does he want to leave anyway?
Shawn Marion has been a highly respected member of the Dallas Mavericks. Teammates, coaches, and even Mark Cuban have relentlessly heaped praise on the former all-star. Yet, it seems as though Marion has his mind made up to leave from the start. When free agency began, Shawn Marion effectively foretold DMN Eddie Sefko of his departure:
“It was memorable, baby. It’s hard to say it wasn’t fun”, said Marion. “We had a great run and made the playoffs four of five years and won a championship. It was unbelievable. I wish we could have made a couple more runs at it, but it is what it is.”
The now 36 year old Marion was passively referencing Mark Cuban’s willful dismantling of the 2011 Championship team. Marion, like many others on the team, was none too happy with the departure of C Tyson Chandler, PG J.J. Barea, and SG Jason Terry.
Marion appeared to have his mind made up before free agency began. He tasted the title and wanted to have seconds. The best shot at that would be joining a top Eastern Conference team. And that’s who he’s looking at now. According to most, Marion is weighing options between the Paul George-less Pacers, and the New and Improved Cleveland Cavaliers.
A pay cut will be necessary to go to either location but it’s clear Marion isn’t about the money. He just wants another shot at the trophy. If he does sign with the Cavs it will be hard to argue with his decision. He will be a key cog in the Cav machine. They need a versatile defender who can create his own shot and that happens to be exactly what Marion is.
Will Shawn Marion return to the Mavs?
Nope. The ship has likely sailed. The Mavs could sure as hell use him, but Marion has his own plan and it doesn’t involve the Mavs. The Mavs knew it from the start too. They seemed to move on from the get-go. They built a pretty nice looking team too. The lack of depth is startling but the top six look pretty good on paper.
Marion will truly be missed but his path is leading elsewhere. The Mavs lack money and have essentially replaced him in the starting lineup with Chandler Parsons. Marion is still a starter in this league and seems determined to be contributor on a championship team once again.