As I was battling insomnia, reading every Suns/BSOTS article I could find, my weary mind kept hearing the same things: we need to rebound . . play better defense . . . rebound . . defense . . . rebound . . . defense.
And it hit my sleep-deprived psyche like a ton of bricks: That's Shawn Marion!
My pitch: Josh Childress for Shawn Marion. It's clear to me that Josh isn't getting enough burn here in Phoenix, and the same is true in Dallas, where the Matrix is forced to come off the bench. Yes, yes, I get the age difference, etc, but I don't think the current Suns regime has trouble trading young shooting guards for old forwards (see Barbosa, Leandro).
Shawn would immediately slot into our PF spot. He rebounds, still plays great defense, knows the system . . . what's not to like? You could go big - Nash-Richardson-Shawn-Frye-Lopez (when he gets back) . . super fast- Nash-Richardson-Hill-Marion-Warrick . . . or have our first semi-traditional lineup all year- Nash-Richardson-Hill-Marion-Lopez/Frye.
Sure, we've won some games. Done ok. But Marion fits so well. We should all admit to ourselves, when we have to read articles on Earl Barron or Garret Siler filling the gap, this team is missing something. That something is Shawn.
And you know what? It doesn't have to be Childress. As long as it's not Nash-Rich-Dragic getting shipped out, it needs to happen. We can all officially admit letting Shawn go was a misstep (at least). How many fans would be happy to have Trix back? To see one of the franchise's most important players back in the right uniform? It feels right.
And if I have to start making up fake trade rumors, letter writing campaign, bribing the FO . . . it doesn't matter. It needs to happen