Monday , Jun , 23 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Shawn Marion Not Opting out of Miami Heat Deal

Dan Fegan, agent for Heat forward Shawn Marion, said Sunday night it is "highly unlikely" that his client will opt out of his $17.8 million for next season.

Marion must finalize his decision by Tuesday at 6 p.m., but Fegan said unless there was a dramatic shift in talks with Heat President Pat Riley, "I don’t think we’re opting out."

While bypassing the opt-out would leave Marion under contract for 2008-09, on the final year of his contract, it also would cast doubts on the forward’s presence with the Heat in the long run. [,0,5402004.story]