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Flip or hold? Exploring Miami’s options with Shawn Marion

Unfortunately, the Heat killed the trade market for Marion. Miami wouldn’t give Marion, a free agent in July 2009, a big-money extension, so why would another team? And Miami never committed to building around Marion, so why would another team give up significant talent in a trade. Talk about warning signs. Top suit Pat Riley won’t get anything close to equal value in a trade …


Flip or hold? Exploring Miami's options with Shawn Marion

NBA news mixed with analysis …

Their News:An NBA GM said the Heat are still interested in trading forward Shawn Marion for "a great piece that could improve their team," since they are probably not interested in giving him a lucrative long-term contract. For the time being, you can forget talk of Miami dealing Marion for Chicago’s Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni. Gordon signed a one-year, $6.4 million qualifying offer with Chicago last week that will make him ineligible to be traded until Jan. 2, and he has a no-trade clause.” (Boston Globe)

Our Quick Analysis: Flipping is a popular business practice. It’s simple. You acquire an asset for cheap. Then sell the asset for more than you paid.

Miami is still trying to flip Shawn Marion. They have been since acquiring him last winter in a trade with Phoenix for the under-performing Shaquille O’Neal.

Unfortunately, the Heat killed the trade market for Marion. Miami wouldn’t give Marion, a free agent in July 2009, a big-money extension, so why would another team? And Miami never committed to building around Marion, so why would another team give up significant talent in a trade?

Talk about warning signs. Top suit Pat Riley won’t get anything close to equal value in a trade.

The oil-slick should now let Marion play out the 2008-09 season. They’ll get 17 million dollars in cap relief and have just 49 million dollars in committed salary for 2009-10. Miami could then pursue next summer’s free agents. South Beach is enticing. Superstar Dwyane Wade wants to re-sign. And the club would have money to burn.

The top available talent would listen. Carlos Boozer, if he opts-out early, would consider any offer from the Heat. Ditto for Ron Artest, Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, and Rasheed Wallace.

So instead of receiving a hodgepodge of assets in an awkward mid-season trade, the club picks Wade’s future co-star(s) in free agency. They don’t take on Ben Gordon or Andres Nocioni.

Flipping is always an option. But Miami should let Marion’s deal expire and make their play next off-season.

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