By Monday, "ESPN Insider'' was charging customers to read the exact same blurb.
But this does not qualify as a "rumored deal.'' And we know that because this non-story features many aspects about it that don't make sense to the teams or by the rules.
1) We first note that if the teams are going to swap picks, they'd do so in June, not July. Shawn Marion, with the ability to opt out, can't be traded in June unless he formally declines his opt out - which means he can only be traded with his cooperation. That's not happening.
2) In addition, the concept behind eventually dumping Marion is cap clearance -- ideally, to move this valued piece while getting no salary back in return ... but that can't be done with Cleveland in June, because it would take over $9 million in empty cap space for the Cavs to take his salary without sending any back, and the Cavs don't have it.
3) Mavs owner Mark Cuban's recent comments suggest that Marion should be seen as being involved in the team's planning ... which would indicate that they certainly aren't shopping him and prefer to keep him long-term.
Those comments: “We’ll have that conversation (about ETO options), but that’s not the important part of the conversation we’ll have with Shawn. Shawn is a warrior.
A Bad Rumor: Mavs' Marion To Cavs In Trade
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