Shawn Marion to Cleveland Cavaliers?
The Cleveland Cavaliers have dramatically turned their team around since the end of last season, as LeBron James returned home and some solid role players followed him into Ohio. One more could be coming.
While the “handshake deal” that could bring in superstar forward Kevin Love is still yet to be made official, there is another pending deal that could bring the Cavs one step closer to becoming a true title contender. Per reports, former Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion is “leaning toward” signing on with the Cavaliers for the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season.
Reports had suggested The Matrix was going to the Indiana Pacers, but the loss of Lance Stephenson and season-ending injury to Paul George may have changed the course of Marion’s thinking. Wanting to latch on with a contender, Marion will likely choose someone other than what figures to be a sinking Pacers team.
That team could be Cleveland, as Marion would carve out a role off the bench on a team that already includes James and star point guard Kyrie Irving. In a matter of weeks, it’s a team that could also include Kevin Love.
On paper, that’s a championship team it an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference, albeit a conference that looks to be a breeze compared to the rigors of the Western Conference.
Marion would join what is starting to look like a very deep supporting cast, which would include Dion Waiters, Mike Miller, James Jones, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao. Despite his advanced age (Marion turned 36 in May), The Matrix is still a solid defender and brings nice versatility to the table. Marion did win one championship with the Mavs when they beat LeBron James and the Heat back in 2010.
No signing is official or imminent, but if Marion is serious about winning a title this year, it’s likely he goes with the upward trending Cavaliers.
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