Mavs Reportedly Trying to Add Raptors' Shawn Marion
Why, if Toronto needs to clear cap space, are the Raptors playing ball on a sign-and-trade?
The easiest way to free up Marion's cap hold would be simply to renounce his rights. The trick is that Toronto -- pushing for the playoffs in what could be Chris Bosh's final year north of the border -- would like to get something back for Marion if possible. But Hedo can't sign on the dotted line until the Raptors resolve Marion's status -- Toronto just doesn't have any cap space until then.
There's no word on what Marion's pay scale would look like, or what exactly Toronto would get back in a swap. The Dallas Morning News (linked above) and ESPN.com's Marc Stein both place Jerry Stackhouse in the mix -- Stackhouse has a $7 million expiring contract, with only $2 million guaranteed if Stack is waived by August 10 -- but it's unclear what the Raptors would gain from such an inclusion. Stein reports a third team may need to get involved to help with cap massaging. Oklahoma City, Portland and Sacramento are the teams currently under the salary cap.