With the Houston Rockets declining to match the offer sheet for Chandler Parsons, the rising star will become the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks and step into the starting small forward position.
Sounds like all good news, right?
Even though Parsons marks one of the biggest free agent splashes for Mark Cuban, it likely means Shawn Marion’s time in Big D will come to an end.
The Matrix spent five seasons with the Mavericks and along with Dirk, were the only remaining players from the 2011 title team last season.
Unfortunately for Marion, he saw his lowest scoring average (10.4) since his rookie season in 1999-2000 (10.2).
Though there were times when Marion was an offensive liability, a lot of times the Matrix came through, especially from three and on defense.
Marion made 58 3-pointers for a 35.8 percent, the most threes he’s made since the 2007-2008 season in Phoenix (58) and his highest percentage since the 2002-2003 season (38.7 percent).
He entered this past season with 61 made threes in his previous six seasons combine.
Marion struggled against the Spurs in this year’s playoffs, scoring 8.4 points and shooting just 40 and 22 percent from the field and three.
One game he will be remembered for this season is when he went for 32 points on 14-of-19 shooting and hit four treys in the Mavs’ 100-98 win in Minnesota.
At 36-years-old, Dallas was looking for a younger small forward that could really stretch the floor and create off the dribble.
The Mavericks could still offer their $2.7 million cap-room exception to Marion, but rumor has it, that’s heading Mo Williams’ way.
Marion has said that Dallas is like family, but being a good defender still, Matrix can get more money and a starting gig elsewhere. Chicago and Miami have been the teams that popped up with his name.
Whatever the case, Dallas thanks Marion for all he’s done to help the team through the years and ultimately winning the Mavs a ring.
1,813-of-3,656 field goals (49.5 percent)
109-of-355 threes (30.7 percent)
53 double-doubles (nine last season)