Could the Cavaliers be adding even more veteran athleticism? Free agent small forward Shawn Marion was in Cleveland on Monday afternoon, taking in a visit with Cavaliers GM David Griffin and head coach David Blatt.
— Joey Rosen (@RealJoeyRosen) August 4, 2014
Per ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Marion is the latest target for LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers, according to sources with knowledge of the team’s plans. Griffin has a strong relationship with Marion from their Phoenix days together and Cleveland, years that featured Marion as one of the league’s best when it came to total statistical output.
Per Stein, the 36-year-old Marion is a “natural target” for the Indiana Pacers in the wake of the devastating leg injury suffered by Paul George this past weekend, but the Cavaliers—thanks to the presence of James—have the upper hand over Indiana or anyone else recruiting the veteran small forward, showing that depth (despite potentially dealing several players in the near future) should be of little concern.
In 2013-14, Marion averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. The Cavs, largely anticipated to be on the receiving end of a Kevin Love deal, can offer Marion nothing but the league minimum.
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