Marion goes to Mavs in complex tradeThe Dallas Mavericks knew they could trade Jerry Stackhouse for a key player for next season. As it turned out, a lot of teams benefited. The Mavericks, Raptors, Grizzlies and Magic combined in a massive swap Thursday that included eight players, a draft pick and stacks of cash. The deal sent Shawn Marion to Dallas, Stackhouse to Memphis and helped seal the transaction that moved Hedo Turkoglu from Orlando to Toronto. Among the other pieces: Forward Kris Humphries and center Nathan Jawai went from Toronto to Dallas; guard Greg Buckner moves from Memphis to Dallas; and swingmen Antoine Wright and Devean George go from Dallas to Toronto. Memphis also received a second-round pick and cash from Toronto, while Orlando got cash from Dallas and the Raptors. For his career, Marion has averaged 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.83 steals and 1.31 blocks per game.
VAREJAO STAYS WITH CAVALIERSThe Cleveland Cavaliers and Anderson Varejao — the energetic big man with long, curly hair known to the team’s fans as "Wild Thing” — have agreed on a multiyear contract. Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry announced the signing, though terms were not disclosed. The 6-11 center/forward from Brazil has played five years in the NBA, all with the Cavaliers. Varejao’s agent said Varejao agreed to a six-year deal worth up to $50 million. Known for his hustle, Varejao posted career-highs with 42 starts, 8.6 points per game and a field-goal percentage of .536 last season.
KUESTER NEW PISTONS COACHThe Detroit Pistons hired Cavaliers assistant John Kuester as their new head coach. Kuester was on Larry Brown’s NBA championship-winning staff in Detroit five years ago. Pistons president for basketball operations Joe Dumars fired rookie coach Michael Curry on June 30. Curry led Detroit to a 39-43 regular-season record and a first-round playoff loss to Cleveland. Kuester is the team’s sixth head coach in the past 10 years. He has worked in the NBA since 1990, including 13 years as an assistant. After his earlier stint in Detroit, he spent the last two years in Cleveland.