I was looking at the Marion contract and seeing if there were teams out there that would like to dump some mistake contracts. The one that jumps out at me is Eric Gordon in New Orleans. This is a guy who didn't want to be there, he had signed an offer sheet with Phoenix, begged NO not to match, and when they did, he sat out most of the year with a knee injury. This offseason, NO trades for Jrue Holiday and signs Tyreke Evans. I just don't see Eric Gordon being part of their future plans. They've got a first round bust in Austin Rivers sitting there with guaranteed money for the next couple years also. So my thinking is, the mavs signed Devin Harris to such a team friendly deal in order to easily trade him. They package Marion, Harris, and Boston's 2nd next year for Gordon and Rivers.
If a team is not paying the luxury tax and the outgoing salaries are between 9.8 and 19.6 million, they can take back an extra five million in salaries. So this is the trade I see happening once Devin can be traded:
Future Picks (second rounder from Boston)
New Orleans gets to shed a pretty hefty salary, gets a useful Vet for a possible playoff push, and gets a pretty nice role player for cheap.
Dallas gambles on a young player with a ton of upside without really compromising their long term goals. Going into 2014, Dallas would just be committed to Calderon, Larkin, Gordon, Rivers, Ellington, possibly Wright for around 30 million with another 30 left to pay Dirk and whatever FA are available.
Is this wishful thinking on my part? Is Gordon more valuable than this? I may be overstating NO's desire to rid themselves of Gordon's contract but it's obvious he doesn't want to be there and they obviously don't really expect him to be with the way their off-season has played out.