By NBA.com staff reports
Posted Jul 9 2009 7:28PM
After a lengthy wait, the Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks finally got their big additions of the summer.
Shawn Marion is headed to the Dallas Mavericks, Jerry Stackhouse is going to the Memphis Grizzlies and Hedo Turkoglu is going to Toronto Raptors in a complex deal involving four teams.
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The deal, announced Thursday, involves five other players, a draft pick and cash.
The Raptors get Turkoglu from the Orlando Magic in a sign-and-trade deal. They also get Mavs forward Devean George and guard Antoine Wright as part of the deal. Additionally, the Raptors sent cash considerations to the Magic and a 2016 second-round pick to the Grizzlies.
Dallas lands Marion in a sign-and-trade deal with Toronto. Raptors forward Kris Humphries and center Nathan Jawai, as well as cash considerations, went to Dallas.
The Magic were going to lose Turkoglu anyway. After Orlando acquired Vince Carter, Turkoglu opted out of his contract and became a free agent. He'd already decided to go to Toronto, but turning his departure into a sign-and-trade glued together the rest of this complex puzzle.
"So many things were going on that I was like, 'Just sit back and wait until it happens,"' Marion said. "I'm just happy to come to Dallas."
The Mavericks also sent cash considerations to the Magic and also traded Stackhouse and cash considerations to the Grizzlies in exchange for guard Greg Buckner.
Toronto's acquisition of Turkoglu is perhaps the most significant free agent addition in the team's history.
The 6-foot-10 forward was one of the most coveted free agents available, coming off a season in which he helped the Orlando Magic reach the NBA Finals.
The nine-year NBA veteran appeared poised to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers last Friday before Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo swooped in and nabbed the Turkish forward.
"Little known fact, Chris [Bosh] helped recruit Hedo last Friday," Colangelo said at a news conference. "[I] reached out to Chris, Chris made a phone call and I would believe that would be a very important call for this guy to get when Chris Bosh calls you and says, 'I want you to come play for us and make us better.'"
Bosh's pitch worked for Turkoglu, who was already considering Toronto because he and his wife Banu were intrigued by Toronto's ethnic diversity, including a large Turkish community..
"When I heard his voice, I was really happy about it," said Turkoglu, who gets a five-year deal reportedly worth about $53 million. "He's been an All-Star in this league and he's been a dominant player. I was just happy to hear I'm welcome by that type of guy, it's really important. I know he's going to enjoy playing with me and I'm going to enjoy playing with him and other guys, too.
"Hopefully we all have a great year and then he makes his decision to stay here with a great group of guys."
Bosh's future -- he can become a free agent next summer -- has been in the backdrop of everything the Raptors have done so far this offseason as Colangelo tries to build a team that will convince his four-time All-Star power forward to stay.
"It took some selling, it might have even took some pain, but we found a way to get it done," Colangelo said. "Now we set our sights on making sure that Chris Bosh remains a part of that core as we move forward. And I can tell you with certainty that the moves that have been made, have been met with appreciation and excitement on Chris' part thus far."
Marion, a 10-year veteran, has career averages 17.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He has been on the All-NBA third team two times and was a four-time All-Star with the Phoenix Suns.
In Dallas, Marion is especially looking forward to playing with Jason Kidd, having done so at the start of his career in Phoenix. The two already had spoken twice as of Thursday afternoon. Marion said he's also talked to sixth man Jason Terry, a friend since college.
"With J-Kidd running the show, he's definitely going to be spreading the wealth," Marion said.
Dallas is also close to adding 25-year-old center Marcin Gortat (awaiting paperwork, including an offer sheet that Orlando is not expected to match). They also want to keep their own free agents, Brandon Bass and James Singleton.
All told, Marion believes Dallas will keep pace with the Lakers, Spurs and the rest of the tough Western Conference.
"With our talent and depth, why not?" he said. "It's the ultimate goal. You've got to have that in your aspirations."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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