I hope everyone’s ready for some commotion, because things could be happening very fast in Mavs Land.
First, Eddie Sefko dropped a hint in his afternoon chat, even if he later claimed the Marion deal had a 50% probability of completion:
Well, I have it on good authority that the Mavericks think they are on the lip of the cup with the Marion stuff.
Next, Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, one of the best in the biz as far as I’m concerned, is reporting that a sign-and-trade involving Stack and Marion is warming in the oven.
The Dallas Mavericks are close to acquiring Shawn Marion in a sign-and-trade deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources said Wednesday. Jerry Stackhouse will be dealt to the Raptors, who will ship his contract to another team for considerations.
Woj also notes the involvement of a third team, which I still don’t understand. Toronto can’t take back salary because of the lack of wiggle room with Hedo Turkoglu’s contract, so that means a team with cap space or a trade exception will likely be the recipient of Stack’s contract. What’s in it for that third team is yet to be determined, but I’m anxious to see what enticed them to give this deal legs.
The involvement of a third team could also mean that Kris Humphries and Marcus Banks are not part of the deal, which would be an interesting development.