Even at the age of 36, Dallas Mavericks’ free agent forward Shawn Marion believed there would be a large market for him. A few teams (with the Atlanta Hawks reportedly being one) have discussed signing Marion, but he is certainly not drawing the interest he originally believed he’d have.
Lang Greene of Basketball of Basketball Insiders believes Marion could still return to Dallas.
The veteran forward isn’t exactly hurting for coin with over $130 million in career earnings but entering free agency there were reports Marion would be in high demand. Dallas hasn’t shut the door on a Marion return but the team allowed guard Vince Carter to bolt to Memphis in free agency this summer. Mavericks officials have publicly maintained they’re not financially able to offer Marion his true market value. So the waiting game is on to see if Marion’s agent can get him more money in the open market before a possible return to Dallas at a lesser cap figure.
Now that the Mavericks have voided the contract of former Seattle Supersonics, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis because he will be undergoing knee surgery, there actually is a bigger need to re-sign Marion. That could lead the Mavericks to more aggressively pursue a deal. However, for now the Mavericks are focused on bringing in a veteran point guard and they are reportedly close to a deal with former Magic guard Jameer Nelson.
Marion averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 48.2% from the field, 35.8% from the field and 78.5% from the free throw line.