With the Cleveland Cavaliers still trying to find some veteran presence for their semi-youthful squad, a name that hasn’t been brought up a lot has been Shawn Marion. Well, on Monday the 15-year veteran visited with the Cavaliers in Cleveland in hopes of working out a minimum contract with the defensive specialist. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, sources first told ESPN that Shawn Marion was on a recruiting trip in Cleveland.
A nice picture of Shawn Marion meeting with Cavaliers head coach David Blatt at Melt, a famous sandwich restaurant in the Northeast Ohio region and beyond, was captured by an onlooker, further proving that this in fact may have a very good chance of happening. Shawn Marion spoke near the end of July on his free agency status, stating, “I’m just chilling. I ain’t talked to nobody. I ain’t got nothing going on right now.” Below is the picture of Marion meeting with some of the Cavaliers staff:
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Over his long career, mostly with the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks, Shawn Marion was a four-time All-Star. Marion is also the only player left in free agency to have played at least 2,000 minutes for a playoff team last season. That veteran leadership and motor is definitely a trait that the Cavaliers could use if they aren’t going to be able to lure Ray Allen back into playing. Marion is also one of four NBA players to have scored 17,000 points, grab 9,000 rebounds, rack up 1,500 steals and record 1,000 blocks over his career. Again, this would be a cheap signing that could benefit the Cavaliers quickly filling bench.
Shawn Marion has averaged 15.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks, while shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 33.2 percent from three and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. In just this past season with Dallas, Marion averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks, while shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from three and 78.5 percent from the free throw line.
I think that Shawn Marion would be a much better move for the Cavaliers than bringing in Ray Allen. The major downside of bringing in Allen over Marion is the lack of defense that the all-time sharpshooter has played over the past two seasons with LeBron James and the Miami Heat. At least with Marion you would be getting some defensive return and hard-fought basketball.