DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion scored a season-high 26 points and picked up 11 rebounds, his 12th double-double of the season, in the 116-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
Over the past four games, Marion has averaged 16.7 points per game.
Despite his solid play of late, his comments this week about possibly being traded have created a stir. Marion says he doesn't want to be traded to a bad team, but after his efforts Saturday, Marion expressed his love for the Mavericks while also noting when the trade deadline is.
"I know when it is," Marion said. "If you're a NBA player, especially if you've played two or three years, you should know when the trade deadline is. It's right after the All-Star break if you want to know."
Marion then joked to a few reporters they might get traded.
Saturday night, Marion said he wasn't thinking about trade rumors. He started Saturday's game strong, scoring 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in 16 minutes. The Mavericks took a commanding 62-36 halftime lead and shot 51.2 percent in the first half. Marion got in the open floor and took some good passes from point guard Darren Collison and shooting guard O.J. Mayo as he moved toward the basket.
"I was being aggressive," Marion said. "It was coming to me and the ball was finding me. There are a lot of times when you start the offense in this system and you're going to be the recipient sometimes. I was initiating a lot of stuff, and I was able to get out and push the tempo myself and I was able to get rebounds, and it was able to open the game up for us."
For now, the Mavericks forward is relaxed in his game on the floor and watching the business side of things.
"I'm just playing ball [and] when the situations arise, it will take care of itself," he said. "But right now, I'm a Dallas Maverick and that's what it's about."