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Report: Shawn Marion meeting with Cavaliers Monday

Aug 4, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

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Shawn Marion wants to win a ring, he said that would be his top priority in signing. He also said he wanted to end his career in Dallas but notice there is no new deal struck there yet. It’s an improved roster in Dallas, but one that can at most offer him the room exception of $2.7 million.

How about Cleveland?

With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and likely Kevin Love they will be right at the top of the East (with the Bulls). Marion — who played better than 31 minutes a game for the Mavericks last season — could be a nice bit of depth on that roster. Marc Stein of ESPN says the sides are talking.

If you want better confirmation, how about a picture?

This would have to be pretty much a minimum deal.

Marion averaged 10.4 points a game with a solid .537 true shooting percentage and he shot 35 percent from three. He’s not vintage Matrix at age 36, but he can be a solid reserve getting some points and playing some defense.

If winning a ring is what matters the Cavaliers may be the best landing spot. First they are in the softer Eastern Conference and with that super team Dan Gilbert helped put together the Cavs likely do win a ring or three in the next five years.

Dallas still wants Marion back and Indiana would like to talk to him about filling in for Paul George for a year. Other teams are lurking as well. But LeBron gives the Cavaliers a position at the front of the line — guys looking to win want to play with him.

  1. antistratfordian - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Well this would be a pretty swell addition for Cleveland.

  2. seasickcecil - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    First comes love. Then comes Marion.

    • wordyduke - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      In this case, marryin’ might come first. Who cares as long as the relationship works out?

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Muy bien, Cleveland. The Matrix is definitely the kind of guy you want in the mix with a bunch of youngins. Man was he a terror in his Phoenix days. He could run, rebound, block, steal, dunk, and shoot. He had it all.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      “Bunch of youngins”?

      If they trade for Love and sign Marion and Ray Allen, their starters are 22 year old Kyrie Irving, 22 year old Dion Waiters, 29 year old LeBron James, 25 year old Kevin Love, and 31 year old Anderson Varejao.
      Bench will include the 39 year old Allen, 34 year old Mike Miller, 36 year old Marion, 23 year old Tristan Thompson, 34 year old Brendan Haywood, and 33 year old James Jones.

      Not much youngins there.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        Only 3 players under age 25 who are likely to receive any significant playing time (Irving, Waiters, Thompson), so not counting random backups who will find it hard to see the court when competing with veterans.

      • nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Love is 25/26. Young enough.

        Dellavedova will get backup pg minutes.

      • casualcommenter - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Hmm. Didn’t realize the Cavs’ roster had aged so much this offseason.
        I guess the narrative of them as a young team is already out of date.

        I think they might have Waiters come off the bench, but swapping in Mike Miller or Ray Allen at 2-guard for Waiters doesn’t change the fact that they very quickly got older at virtually every position.

        That’s a very good starting 5, but they’re very vulnerable to injuries, particularly in that front court.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        with the arrival of Lebron, they are playing for now and now requires some experience.

    • imakcds - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      had is the key word,

      • imakcds - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        which was my reply to a post no longer on the board …
        where’d it go?
        Like Curley: “I’m not me!”

  4. eventhorizon04 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    If the Cavs sign Shawn Marion and Ray Allen and then trade for Kevin Love, I don’t think they qualify as a young team anymore.

    Their projected starting lineup of Irving, Waiters, LeBron, Love, and Varejao features 3 players who will be 30 years old or older by the end of the regular season, and their bench will include the 39 year old Allen, 34 year old Mike Miller, 36 year old Marion, 33 year old James Jones, and 34 year old Brendan Haywood.

    That’s a very old bench, and moving Waiters to the bench would promote either Allen or Miller to the starting 5, making that group older.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      (Sorry for the double post. I thought this comment got screened the first time).

  5. seasickcecil - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Looks like this is it: Looks like this is it:

  6. seasickcecil - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have a “handshake agreement” in place for a trade involving No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins and Timberwolves All-NBA forward Kevin Love, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

    In speaking on ESPN Radio, Windhorst dished out on the details:

    The deal is done, but not done. The teams have agreed, but they can’t say they’ve agreed, and they can’t agree because we’re in this weird moratorium period because you can’t trade Andrew Wiggins until the 23rd [of August].

    Between now and then, which is 19 days, could some event happen, could a team come in with a trade that maybe Minnesota doesn’t see? Yes. So in that sense, the deal isn’t done.

    But essentially, before the papers have been signed, there is this handshake agreement that Kevin Love [would be traded] to the Cavaliers, Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves
    Windhorst adds that the trade could expand to include Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young being moved to Minnesota, and the Cavaliers’ 2013 top overall pick Anthony Bennett being dealt to the Sixers.

    Wiggins can’t be moved until Aug. 23 because rules prohibit players from being traded within 30 days of signing a deal. Wiggins officially inked his rookie contract with the Cavaliers on July 24.

    By moving Wiggins and Bennett for Love, who reportedly wants to test free-agency in 2015, the Cavaliers are gambling on their efforts to re-sign the power forward at the end of the season.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      the deal isn’t done until paperwork is signed, submitted to the league office for approval and approved by the league office.

      until that happens, there is NO trade… even if they SAY the have a trade. they haven’t traded,

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        I see ya’ll have forgotten when the league office (Stern) vetoed the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers.

        But, but, but they HAD a trade.

        Uh, no they didn’t. NOT until it’s approved by the league office they didn’t.

  7. onlyavoice - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    LOL, What super team?

  8. longtallsam - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    I just don’t see why Cleveland would trade Wiggins plus picks for Love, if Love hasn’t promised to sign an extension beyond the coming season. Giving up all the young talent, for just a one year deal with Love, just doesn’t make sense to me. Surely, Love has to agree to more than just this year.

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