Listen up, Adam Silver.
Veteran Shawn Marion of the Dallas Mavericks offered his advice to the newly appointed NBA commissioner, rattling off specific changes he would like to see in the league.
“Marion said he wouldn’t mind it at all if the NBA expanded with a franchise or two in Europe,” reported Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News.
Expanding the NBA to Europe is an idea that has been around for quite some time now, and one that former commissioner David Stern believes will become a reality within the next 20 years.
While the 35-year-old did agree that there should certainly be a minimum that teams are required to spend on its players, there should not be a limit on how much franchises opt to pay them.
“I could see no cap and everybody doing what you want to do,” he said. “Baseball does it. If you want to go out and spend $200 million on your team (payroll), go ahead and do it.”
Marion’s opinion on this subject is one that has been brought up around the league. “If you’ve got the money to do it, why not?” he said.
The 15-year pro also expressed that he feels players should be required to stay in school longer before the jump to the NBA. Since the 2006 draft, new rules came into place that stated players must have already turned 19 during the calendar year of the draft and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year to enter.
“It should be at least two years (out of high school),” he said. “Two to three years, minimum.”
In 43 games this season, Marion is averaging 11.1 points and 6.9 rebounds in over 31 minutes per contest.