July 09, 2009

Dallas Mavericks Acquire Shawn Marion in Four-Team Trade: The Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic have agreed on a trade that sends Shawn Marion, Kris Humphries and Greg Buckner to the Mavericks; Devean George, Antoine Wright and Hedo Turkoglu to the Raptors; Jerry Stackhouse, Quincy Douby and cash to the Grizzlies; and a $7 million trade exception to the Magic. Marion arrives with a five-year contract worth $39 million. Turkoglu's inclusion in the trade changes his free agent signing to a sign-and-trade deal. Stackhouse will be bought out with the cash, becoming a free agent. I challenge anyone to summarize this deal in fewer words. My sports blogging moves are unstoppable.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:53 AM - 8 comments

Bravo rcade, don't hurt yourself patting yourself on the back. Just kidding. Well summarized.

posted by soocher at 10:41 AM on July 09

Awesome recap.

I cannot believe that I'm going to watch Andrea Bargnani and Hedo Turkoglu use close to 14 feet of height to pull down 10 rebounds a game. My only hope is they're going to use a liquified Reggie Evans, in the form of twice daily injections into both players, to remedy their soft frontcourt.

posted by dfleming at 10:48 AM on July 09

I'm guessing a small group of contract lawyers are about to wake up with massive hangovers and blurry memories of celebrating getting paid for pushing this clusterfuck through the pipes.

From what I read, Buckner's going to be bought out and dropped, but that still leaves the Mavs with way too many bodies on the roster. I hate to say it, but it looks like Brandon Bass is the odd man out. He'll be a great partial MLE pickup for a team that needs solid D and rebounding, say, OKC or back to the Hornets.

Kidd, Howard, Marion, Dirk and Gortat as the (presumable) starting five is going to be a bit of a brainbuster. It'll be interesting to see how Carlisle & Co. work it out, especially against teams with superstar shooting guards.

Good fucking riddance to Devean George.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:18 AM on July 09

Rube Goldberg would be very proud of that trade.

posted by TheQatarian at 12:20 PM on July 09

When Howard turns 30 in April, the Mavericks will be relying on five starters and a sixth man who are all in their 30s. That suggests they better put together a championship run pretty damn quick.

posted by rcade at 12:36 PM on July 09

Technically, by my understanding at least, the starting C job is Gortat's to lose, at least at the onset of the season. I really hope that works out, but we'll see.

However, that misses the bigger issue of the Mavs' age. More than six of their first seven being over thirty, I think it's more pressing that they only have a couple of years left with a one-of-a-kind future-HOFer talent playing at an MVP-caliber level. By no means do I think that the recent roster moves make the Mavericks favorites or puts them on the same level as the Lakers or (a healthy) Boston, but I do think it gives them a much, much better opportunity to make a run next Spring.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:14 PM on July 09

I'm guessing a small group of contract lawyers are about to wake up with massive hangovers and blurry memories of celebrating getting paid for pushing this clusterfuck through the pipes.

still laughing ......

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posted by smithers at 01:35 PM on July 09

Mavs ended the season with 15 players (at least on roster, not commenting on ability or availability). Have added two free agents assuming Gortat plus three rookies. One rookie already destined for overseas by contract. Will let Hollins go in free agency. Probably will try to trade (or cut) Carroll, Humphries, Williams, and Buckner. Brings them back down to 14 assuming they keep Bass, Singleton and Green. May not be able to sign and keep all three, which gives them some wiggle room.

Overall, an upgrade for short term; but not sure what it does for their prospects in future free agent market.

posted by graymatters at 06:55 PM on July 09

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