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Report: Pacers making ‘strong push’ for Shawn Marion with Paul George out

Aug 5, 2014, 7:44 PM EST

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Here’s a full list of remaining unrestricted free agents worth more than a minimum salary:

1. Shawn Marion

2. Ramon Sessions

3. Ray Allen

4. Andray Blatche (in the right environment only)

The pickings are slim. That’s why the Pacers are especially ill-suited – if there is such a thing when your franchise player suffers a season-ending injury – to replace Paul George. So, they’re going hard at, not only the most appealing name on that short list, but the player who fits best into the role George vacates.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Marion is a huge upgrade over a couple other Indiana targets, MarShon Brooks and Gary Forbes. But Marion will also likely be costlier.

The Pacers have already used their full mid-level exception on C.J. Miles and Damjan Rudez, and they used the bi-annual exception on C.J. Watson last year.

Indiana can get a disabled-player exception by convincing an NBA-selected doctor George is “substantially more likely than not” to be out through June 15.” I don’t think that’s a tough case to make.

A disabled-player exception would be worth $5,305,000 and could be used to give Marion a one-year contract. That would definitely trump the minimum-salary contract ($1,448,490) Marion’s most-prominent other suitor, the Cavaliers, could offer.

However, the Pacers – even if they waive Donald Sloan’s unguaranteed contract to drop below 15 players – would be just $2,570,314 below the tax line. That small amount, barely larger than a minimum salary, probably won’t tempt Marion to help Indiana try to make the playoffs rather than help LeBron James try to win a championship.

Maybe the Pacers would clear more room below the tax line by waiving Luis Scola and/or Shayne Whittington, both of whom have partially guaranteed contracts, but they can’t afford to trim much depth with George sidelined. Without star power, a deeper rotation becomes more important.

That’s why Indiana is pushing for Marion, but as the team is constructed, making a tempting offer will be difficult.

  1. mcmystery76 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    The correct way to phrase that would have been something along the lines of “Ill suited- as teams typically are when losing a superstar”. The way you wrote it doesn’t make any sense

    • tubbman27 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      It makes total sense, you’re just an idiot.

  2. cbking05 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    He’s like that slutty girl that u have to settle for cuz all the chicks at school are already taken

    • elcapitanfiscal - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      Yeah but at least they’re getting some.

  3. jasper36 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    So in a nutshell the Pacers are making an unnecessary run at Marion, because he’s better off in Cleveland, and he will ultimately end up there. We should get ready for more of these articles. Every free agent is, or should go to Cleveland.

    • rrhoe - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      Just remember,not long ago “every’” FA would take less to go to Miami……

  4. drunkenjunk - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    This is dumb on the Pacers end. They should trade Hibbert and West for any picks they can and blow this thing up. If they tank they might get a good player in the draft next year to pair with George and rebuild from there.

    • bhunter1995 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      Facts, West is done in a couple of years, Hibbert was never a good center he has always been average and to win big they need someone who can bring a double double with consistency (Hibbert has never averaged a double double ever) and a guy who can score in the paint effectively. They need the kind of bigs that the Wizards have, effective but not flashy. Trade Hibbert and West while you still can Bird, because you wont win a championship with those guys at the 4 and the 5, take a bad year, get a good pick and get someone you can pair with George and in the meantime, while you wait for George try to pick up a couple good big men in free agency, and a point guard, that would help out IND a lot.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Agreed. It’s a shame because they came close to the Finals a couple of times, but the Pacers aren’t a contender this year.

      Rather than pay Shawn Marion, go into the luxury tax, and fight for an 8th seed and first round exit, the Pacers would do better to get value for those guys while they still can and try to construct a better roster.

      David West, whose birthday is in late August, will be a 35 year old at the start of the 2015-2016 season, which is the optimistic time table for Paul George returning.

  5. ebecks34 - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Indiana will average about 68 total points per game next year.

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