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Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo is working long and hard on a deal that would send free agent Shawn...

Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo is working long and hard on a deal that would send free agent Shawn Marion to the Mavericks. (Sun Media/Dave Abel)

RYAN WOLSTAT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:59 AM ET

As first reported by multiple sources, including the Sun's basketball blog late last night, the Raptors are on the verge of completing a mega-deal that will restore much-needed depth to the team's roster.

Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo worked long and hard yesterday on a deal that would send free agent forward Shawn Marion to the equally diligent Dallas Mavericks.

The teams needed to add more parties in order to get all the details to work under the NBA's salary cap.

The final deal, expected to be finalized in a trade call this afternoon, breaks down as follows:

* The Raptors send Marion, who sources say will get a five-year, $39 million US contract, to the Mavs, along with Kris Humphries.

* The Raptors will receive swingmen Antoine Wright and Devean George from the Mavs.

* Greg Buckner goes from Memphis to Dallas as well. The Grizzlies get Jerry Stackhouse who they will buy out for $2 million.

Getting the Orlando Magic involved as well (they will sign and trade Hedo Turkoglu to the Raptors) gives the Magic a large trade exception (expected to be for $7 million) that they can use later in the season to upgrade their roster and gives the Raptors far more options to improve the roster.

A non-sign and trade for Turkoglu would have forced the team to renounce all their potential free agents (Marion, Anthony Parker, Carlos Delfino, and others) and would have prevented them from using the NBA's mid-level exception ($5.9 million).

However, though Parker appears to be signing in Cleveland, with this deal, the Raptors will keep their rights to Delfino, plus maintain the mid-level exception and lower-level exception ($1.9 million).

Colangelo, who would have lost Marion for nothing if something could not be worked out, managed to keep Delfino's rights, acquire some backcourt depth and regain the opportunity to go after free agents like Linas Kleiza and Rasho Nesterovic.

Getting so much flexibility for a guy who didn't want to play in Toronto anymore is a bold stroke by Colangelo.


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