Next for Raptors: Marion


All that is
known about Shawn Marion is that he won’t be making the roughly $17
million US he earned last season in the final year of his contract.

No one can say with any certainty what the future holds for Marion because there are too many variables and too few teams
with cap space this summer.

On paper, his presence on a Raptors roster that has addressed toughness with the addition of Reggie Evans and athleticism in

the form of rookie DeMar DeRozan is a perfect fit.

The Raptors have made nice strides this off-season, but the next step could very well turn into the most important move the

team makes, barring a trade involving one of the team’s core group of Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon, which is

not likely.

Toronto’s history of luring free agents hasn’t been good because the Raptors have overpaid to attract a perceived asset, the

price of doing business in the NBA’s only non-American market.

Marion said all the right things when he played in Toronto following his trade from Miami, but he left the door open for a

possible change, which is his right.

Following back-to-back seasons of not appearing in the post-season, Marion spoke about wanting to return to the playoffs.

Much like the way he plays, no one knows what Marion has in mind for next season.

With the NBA’s free-agent window about to open next Wednesday, the Raptors must be prepared for all possibilities, and no

doubt they are.

There has been talk about a sign-and-trade, which can be best engineered by using an agent as the conduit.

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