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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Shawn Marion shows why he's mentioned in trade market

By Marc Stein

In his first game after suggesting that he’d retire if he’s traded to an undesirable destination this month, Shawn Marion produced the sort of the game to illuminate why there’s a trade market for the 34-year-old in the first place.

Marion rung up 26 points and 11 boards in Saturday night’s home rout of the Golden State Warriors, good for the 83rd time in Marion’s career when he’s posted a 25-and-10 game.

It was Marion’s first 25-and-10 outing in nearly two years, dating to a March 2011 loss to the Lakers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Marion has delivered only three of those 83 games in Dallas Mavericks colors, with 76 of them coming while he was still in Phoenix to go with the four total he managed during stops in Miami and Toronto.

You can certainly understand why Marion said what he said, undoubtedly hoping to dissuade potential suitors from even inquiring about him, but the fact he can still produce like that doesn’t exactly make him undesirable.

The trade deadline is Feb. 21. And what will likely keep Marion in Dallas, as much as anything, is the option year in his contract next season valued at $9.3 million. Marion will be exercising that option at season’s end no matter how Dallas’ attempt to sneak into the eighth spot in the West turns out.

If Marion’s deal was expiring at season’s end, rest assured you’d be hearing trade speculation about him daily, given that the Mavericks are forced to at least consider the possibility of moving out veterans such as Marion and Vince Carter for down-the-road assets such as draft picks when they’re so far out of title contention.