As much as it pains me to say it, Shawn Marion’s run as a Miami heat is over. The Heat are 3-1 in their last four games. Shawn did not play in the 3 victories and played 8 minutes in the loss. Coincidently, James Jones made his first appearance as a Miami Heat 3 games ago, making Marion expendable. Marion’s transition style is not suitable for Miami’s more structured offense. On the other hand, Jones is a great spot up 3-point shooter (shooting 39 Percent for his career) and a more than decent perimeter defender.
The Matrix has been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks, including a deal that would send him and Marcus Banks to the Toronto Raptors for Jermaine O'Neal. This trade will be beneficial for both franchises. The trade will give the Heat a dominant low post threat who can size up against the NBA’s best centers and the Raptors a versatile true small forward who can play every position. But none the less, it will put Marion in a more comfortable spot on the court.
With the trade of Shaun Livingston to the Memphis Grizzlies and the possible trade of Marcus Banks to Toronto, The Heat will be in the market for a veteran point guard for the play-off push. The Morning of January 27th, Steve Francis was released from the Memphis Grizzlies. Francis will be a great option for the Heat since he will come cheap and not eat into our bench. Miami and Sacramento have also been in trade talks involving Bobby Jackson, Brad Miller and John Salmons for Marion and Banks. This trade will fulfill both of our needs and add strength to our bench. As a Heat fan, I prefer the latter of the two trade rumors. But in true Pat Riley Fashion, anything is possible. Usually it's the unthinkable that happens.
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