Toronto Still interested in Marion for a discount

Doug Smith – Sports Reporter

Toronto also remains in contention to re-sign forward Shawn Marion, who is attracting very little interest on the open market.

General manager Bryan Colangelo said last week he had a number in mind for a contract offer to Marion, who was paid almost $18 million last season and will surely take a significant pay cut.There was no indication what that number was and the Raptors are monitoring movement around the league to see if they can get the 6-foot-7 Marion back in the fold at the amount and terms they want.

The 24-year-old Kleiza, who lost his major role with Denver late last season, could be had for much less than the expected $5.6 million so-called mid-level salary cap exception, which is about all the money Toronto will have at its disposal to chase free agents from other teams.

The forward was paid about $1.8 million last season by Nuggets, who are likely to let him go without a fight because of financial considerations. Toronto would then be free to use whatever’s left of the exception to further bolster the bench.

Meanwhile, the Raptors officially announced the addition of former player Alvin Williams to the coaching staff, re-signed assistant for basketball development Eric Hughes and added strength and conditioning coach Francesco Cuzzolin to the staff.

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