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Shawn Marion To Take MLE?

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 “They also have had positive feedback from Marion about the possibility of him returning to play small forward. 

With a tight job market the Raptors are hopeful an offer in the range of three years for $21-million might be enough to keep him in Toronto. 

“The indication is he wants to be here,” Colangelo said. “And the message we’ve given him is we’d like him back, he fits this roster and we’ll try to make it happen.”

 I bet we could force them into a S&T that's cap neutral and slightly more than the MLE as I proposed in my comprehensive Blazer offseason

Since I went into some depth in my linked post, I'll recap it. Basically I cited the fact that I thought many Portland fans would have an irrational distaste for Marion, but that at ~$7-8 million for three years he was nearly an ideal choice for the team.

Some questioned his willingness to play third fiddle to Roy/Aldridge, but being positive about staying in Toronto clearly shows that he's not as self-centered in that respect as many here thought. He could get the MLE anywhere.

Some thought he couldn't be had that sheap, though clearly it looks like he's going to be had almost 30% cheaper.

And some thought he has character issues. Honestly, the only character issues I've seen are that he isn't very forgiving. He takes things personally and holds grudges. You know who else is like that? Lamarcus Aldridge. I don't see how anyone can say they wouldn't want him for under half what he got payed last season at a position of need simply because he has a trait that Aldridge has in spades.

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