As Dallas Mavericks trade rumors start to swirl, Shawn Marion has issued a threat should he get traded. According to a report from Friday night (Feb. 8), Marion has stated that if he gets traded to a bad team he is not going to report for action.
Marion was quoted as stating, "If I'm going to get traded, they're going to tell me what's going on and where I'm going. Because if I'm going to a (expletive) situation, I'm not going. It's just that simple."
This thought process isn't unique to Marion, as many NBA players have felt the same in the past. Gary Payton got traded to the Boston Celtics at one point in his career, but then refused to report to the team when the deal was done. It's hard to imagine that Marion would really follow through on his threat, though, especially with how much money he is due next season.
The reason that some of the Dallas Mavericks trade rumors include Shawn Marion is that the team wants to be viable in the free agent market this offseason. The team has slipped to eleventh place in the Western Conference, showing that a playoff run might be tough. That could lead to owner Mark Cuban trading away veterans with contracts that extend past this season.
The statements from Marion may have hurt his value in the trade market, but it's also hard to imagine a team trading for him that isn't in the playoff race.
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