When the Dallas Mavericks host the San Antonio Spurs in game 6 of their first round playoff series on Friday night, it could be veteran Shawn Marion’s last game with the Mavericks.
Heading into the game, Marion isn’t thinking about that possibility.
Not at all,” Marion told Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News. “I’m thinking positively right now. I’m thinking ‘This is not it.’
“You don’t ever think about that. Right now you’re thinking about what the present is. We have a goal and a task at hand, and that’s to go out and get to Game 7. That’s what we’re thinking about.”
According to Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas, there Mavericks and Marion are interested in working out a new deal next season.
From Mark Cuban on down, Marion is held in extremely high esteem by the Mavs. There is mutual interest in re-signing Marion, who turns 36 next week. But he’d have to take a significant pay cut from his $9.3 million salary to stay in Dallas as the Mavs attempt to rebuild a championship roster around Dirk Nowitzki, the only other player remaining from the 2011 title roster.
Marion averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game this season.