Shawn Marion conveys Phoenix will always have a special place in his heart
The Phoenix Suns drafted Shawn Marion in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft out of UNLV, he went on to play in Phoenix for over eight seasons. In February of 2008 the Suns shocked fans as they traded Shawn Marion to the Miami Heat. A deal that brought Shaquille O’Neal to the Suns near the end of his career. O’Neal only played 103 games as a Sun before being dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a draft pick, Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic and $500,000. In hindsight the Suns received virtually nothing in both of these trades as none of these players made any impact nor did they last long in Phoenix.
Trading Shawn Marion has got to be the most idiotic move on a long list of them, made by Steve Kerr during his time as Suns GM. Marion ranks in the top five in franchise history in field goals, three-pointers, rebounds, steals, blocked shots and points. Not to mention the tremendous impact he brought to the floor every game, especially during the playoffs. Marion’s unique style of play is very difficult to find in the NBA these days, which is part of what has always made him so impressive, as a Sun especially.
Even though he won the NBA Finals in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, Shawn Marion will always be remembered as a Phoenix Sun. He is also a free agent for the first time since 2009 and the Suns are looking for veteran help. On Wednesday Marion joined Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM mentioning that he does not necessarily plan on retiring as a member of the Dallas Mavericks:
“That’s not what I said, I didn’t say that,” Marion declared. “I said that I didn’t know where I was going to retire (in the league), because I can’t dictate what’s going to happen this summer, I can’t control anything.”
“If it happens, it happens, but what I said was I was going to retire (after the playing days are over) in the Dallas community.”
Even though Marion is 36, he is no where close to retiring and proved that last season starting in 76 games for Dallas, while averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He also did not fail to mention that if it were his choice he’d re-sign with the Mavericks, though a Championship is the ultimate goal.
“I want to play a couple more years,” he said he’s also open to other locales. “My ultimate goal is to win another championship, so it’s wherever I feel is the best chance to win another championship.”
Never stop dreaming Suns fans because anything is possible and Marion could wind up returning to Phoenix in a quest to win the Suns their first NBA Championship. What more would interest Marion in a homecoming? The Suns are the winningest team in NBA history without a Championship.
“I definitely love Phoenix, I have a place there and I’ve got a lot of friends there still,” he said. “I watched the city grow. I was a part of the city when it was growing and maturing. It was a great run.”
Phoenix Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK