NBA trade rumors: Mavericks could deal Shawn Marion, Vince Carter

Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Shawn Marion and Vince Carter aren't All-Stars anymore, but they're still receiving decent salaries -- a reason the Dallas Mavericks might be looking to deal them.

The struggling Dallas Mavericks could move some of their veterans that have been keeping them in games, with Shawn Marion and Vince Carter possibly on the market.

The reasoning would be financial: the pair are owed over $12 million combined in the 2013-2014 season, and it doesn't seem worth it. Considering their games were built around explosiveness -- the Matrix was once a quick leaper capable of averaging 20 and 10 and Vince Carter was a high-flying scorer and dunk contest legend -- both have aged rather gracefully, still chipping in double-digit points roughly a decade and a half into their NBA careers. But its a rather steep price tag. The 34-year-old Marion is still useful defensively and was a big part of their 2011 NBA Finals win. He currently leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game, while the 36-year-old Carter is fourth on the team with 12.7 points per game.

There was talk that Mark Cuban was willing to open "the bank of Cuban" to make a deal to push his team into contention, but that hasn't panned out. That was somewhat dependent on Dirk Nowitzki's return making Dallas somewhat relevant, but instead, they're 7-12 in the 19 games he's played. Now they're 20-28, with over five games to make up just to make the playoffs, with less than half a season remaining. With that in mind, winning now doesn't seem too important for the Mavs, and they might be best suited to get themselves into position to make a play on the free agent market this upcoming offseason -- Al Jefferson is the biggest name available -- or set themselves up to take on a star on the trade market. Either way, it doesn't seem necessary to keep a pair of former All-Stars in the fold if the current season doesn't hold much hope.

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