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NBA Trade Rumor: Shawn Marion to Cleveland

By 12.16.08
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Though the Cavs are sitting pretty at 20-4 right now, they’re still entertaining a roster change that would seriously mix up the flow that they’ve got going. But it might be worth it.

The Cavaliers have had ongoing discussions with the Miami Heat about an Anderson Varejao and Wally Szczerbiak for Shawn Marion trade, a league executive familiar with the discussions said.

The Heat have had talks with the Cavs, the Raptors, and the Kings for Marion, but it seems that Cleveland is the front runner because of the belief that Matrix will play his best if he’s playing for a championship contender. (Sorry, Raps fans.)

And if Cleveland is going to get the most out of Marion, they’ll be adding a player who provides unparalleled defensive versatility. He could guard any member of the Boston Celtics except for Kendrick Perkins, and everyone on the Lakers except Andrew Bynum. It doesn’t seem like Szczerbiak and Varejao is a big price to pay for that.

The Heat have reason to pull the trigger on this deal because Marion really isn’t playing anywhere near his potential, and because the finances would benefit them. Wally’s $13 million comes off the books after this season, and Big Andy’s got about $6 million this year and a player option for ’09-10.

What do you think of this deal?

Source: Yahoo! Sports


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