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Marion wants out of Phoenix; Los Angeles trade looks likely after Kobe approves
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2007 5:40 AM CDT

Shawn Marion, having agitated for a trade out of Phoenix, is being considered by Los Angeles; he would replace Lamar Odom as Kobe's sidekick, a move meant in part to placate the disgruntled Lakers superstar. reports that both Kobe and Marion are amenable to the deal—the sticking point is an extension for Marion.

The 30-year-old can opt out of his contract next year, and the Lakers are leery of both over-paying in the long-term and losing Marion in the short-term. However, his diverse production is undeniable: the rangy forward was first on the team last year in rebounds, steals, blocks, and minutes played. (More NBA stories.)

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