According to ESPN, a mind-bending four-team deal is on the verge of completion. The deal would send Shawn Marion to Dallas, allow Toronto more money for Turk by pulling off a sign and trade, give the Grizzlies yet more money and cash to throw in the gutter, and give the Magic a 7 million dollar trade exception to go shopping in free agency.
So what do we think about it? Hmmm...
Mavericks: The Mavs, obviously, got the big name in the deal in Marion. With resigning J-Kidd, their lineup suddenly looks pretty damn good with Kidd, Terry, Josh Howard, Marion, Nowitzki, and Nowitzki's crazy-ass girlfriend (notice I didn't mention Dampier. -I'm trying to make a point that this team is GOOD). Frankly, as much talk as there is of Marion being a "team cancer" and having a bad attitude, his abilities lift the Mavs up exponentially. I have long wanted Marion on the Magic, and being part of this bizarre 4-way deal is as close as I'll likely ever get.
Raptors: The Raptors were wise to be part of this trade because not only did they get Antoine Wright and Devean George, but they keep their $5.9 million trade exception. Having this trade exception means that the Raptors have a valuable trading chip in free agency moves moving forward, or free up money to sign up Carlos Delfino. With them sending out Marion and bringing in Turk, it also allows them to be more European and whiter, two things the Raptors and Jazz covet more than anything.
Grizzlies: Honestly, any attempt for anyone to explain the reasons behind ANY Grizzlies moves is futile. Here, it seems that the overwhelming thing that they get is the chance to buy out Jerry Stackhouse's contract and create cap space for the future. -You know, to sign all of those free agents that can't wait to move to Memphis Tennessee and watch OJ Mayo throw up circus shots.
Magic: The Magic were apparently the last second team that hopped in and allowed this trade to work, and looking at what they get it's shocking they were not involved from the start. For, well...just letting Turk leave, they get a (reported) 7 million dollar trade exception. They can use this money to add depth to their team or go after one more big name (David Lee? Paul Milsap? Dirk Nowitzki's girlfriend?).
At the end of the day, the trade helped everyone with the possible exception being the Grizzlies. -Just the way every good trade should.