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Marion reportedly won't opt out of last year of co

The second pick in the draft, a healthy superstar in Dwyane Wade and a four-time All-Star in Shawn Marion -- sounds like a solid nucleus. But it's not all smiles for the Miami Heat.

According to a Miami Herald report, Marion has decided not to opt out of the final year of his contract, which was his right. His agent and Heat president Pat Riley could not reach agreement on an extension, however, possibly setting Marion up for a lame duck season.

"I spoke to Shawn again tonight and we've decided that he's not going to opt out," agent Dan Fegan said, according to the newspaper. "It just wasn't in Shawn's best interest. That's all I can really say about it right now."

Marion has been working out in Chicago with Wade, who said he would like the duo to stay together. But he also realizes that Marion's expiring contract could be attractive to teams seeking cap relief.

"We worked out together today," Wade said, according to the Herald. "The main thing is, that's between Fegan and coach Riley. Only thing Shawn can do is let it happen. He can't worry about it too much. We're talking like we're on the team together. We're not talking like it won't happen. Right now, Shawn is a Miami Heat until further notice."

Marion averaged 15.4 points and 10.2 rebounds last season, which was split between the Heat and Phoenix Suns. He came to Miami, along with Marcus Banks, in the Feb. 6 deal that sent Shaquille O'Neal to Phoenix.

Marion enters this season in the last year of a deal that will pay him $17.8 million. The Herald reported that the 30-year-old is seeking a three-year extension at about $13 million per year, while Riley has shown a willingness to pay $10 million per season.

The Heat are expected to take either Kansas State forward Michael Beasley or Memphis guard Derrick Rose with the second pick in Thursday's draft.

Wade, who is recovering from knee and shoulder injuries, was named to the Olympic team on Monday.

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No surprises there, he is not going to get 17mil anywhere in the NBA, nor will a team give a 30 yr vet over 10 unless they are superstar stuff- not awesome third option. Heat would have to be thinking of a 3 year plan to develop the rookie and Wade, Matrix would be 33 then and perhaps a 4th option type player, bar injury...
The thing that hurts him is that the two big things he brings to a team- athleticism & defence are the two things to deteriate quicker with age... if he could shoot worth a darn he could argue for more.
Personally a players years between 29 and 33 tend to be their prime, if they can stay injury free...

His greatest selling point should be that any tilt at a eastern finals will go through cleveland and lebron, he could be the type of guy you could use for single coverage on lebron and not get blown away...

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rumour has it in NBA grapevine that James will go to the Knicks in the next 2-3 years rigth after the NBA strengthen Clevaland and the NBA hands James his Title !! Could the NBA be more blatant or arrogant as to make this happen - or they happy with their Lakers-Celtics rivalry for the next few years !!?? well that is unless Kobe stuffs up again and does another alleged rape ... and they find another Jordan a-la D-Wade. Then again James looks to be "the man" .. his pretty clean so far. Anyone wanna BET ???

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