Let the trade scenarios begin…
ESPN: Shawn Marion was bringing the good news. If you’re a Lakers fan.
“I’m definitely interested in the Lakers,” the Phoenix Suns forward said.
More than that, he said he talked to Kobe Bryant, and Bryant “embraced it.”
Said Marion: “He wants to make it happen.”
If Bryant cares about what trades the Lakers make and thinks adding Marion would help, at least it’s an indication that he’s thinking about the Lakers as “we” not “them.”
Still, it’s hard to miss the irony of Marion’s wanting to fulfill his desire to be traded by joining a guy who kicked off this summer’s stream of trade wishes. Bryant’s radiothon at the end of May started a trend followed by Jermaine O’Neal, Andrei Kirilenko and now Marion.
“My name has been mentioned in trades over and over,” Marion said. “I’m tired of hearing about it. It’s time for me to take the next step and leave.
“It’s like a bad marriage. It’s time to get up. I love my fans, I love the city, I love my teammates. I just think it’s time for me to leave.”
The simplest way for him to get to Los Angeles would be for the Lakers to send Lamar Odom to Phoenix. Their salaries are close enough (Marion is making $16 million this season, Odom $13 million) and the cost-conscious Suns would shave $3 million off their payroll.