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Report: Shawn Marion leaning towards deal with Cavaliers, Pacers could make late push but likely will not

Aug 6, 2014, 9:53 PM EST

Shawn Marion, Tony Parker Shawn Marion, Tony Parker

It could come down to this for Shawn Marion: What does he want more, money or winning?

While Dallas had talked about re-signing him the pursuit of Marion seems to have come down to two Eastern Conference teams: Cleveland and Indiana. The Cavaliers offer the chance to win right now, the Pacers are not going to be contenders this season but potentially could offer more money.

Right now it looks like Cleveland and winning is in the lead, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

In theory, the Pacers can offer more money, or at least will be able to soon, as they have applied for the disabled player exception, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com. That would allow them to sign a player for up to $5.3 million, which even a portion of is more than the Cavaliers could offer.

But we say in theory here for a reason — even if the Pacers waive their unguaranteed contracts they are about $1.7 million below the luxury tax line that the team is not going to cross. (Remember, Paul George’s max contract still counts against the cap.) So unless there are some salary dump moves, the Pacers in practice can’t offer much more money than Cleveland.

And if the money is close, you’d take winning and the chance at a ring.

Which is why Marion to Cleveland probably happens. That would be a nice solid bench player for the Cavs to add. Marion averaged 10.4 points a game with a respectable .537 true shooting percentage and he shot 35 percent from three. This is a team that could use his kind of veteran depth.

  1. chicagosports2014 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Matrix, got the fastest 1st step I ever seen.

    • cbking05 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Ever heard of James Worthy?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      I’m older… NOT a UCLA fan either…

      But Rod “Rocket” Foster of the UCLA Bruins in the early 80’s was fast, quick or any other word you wanna use.

      He only played three yrs in the league though as he broke his leg in the Arizona desert when it was sticking out of a Jeep.

      He was blazing though.

    • jasper36 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      5 years ago.

  2. fanofthegame79 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Still a pretty good defender, too.

  3. tomtravis76 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Backup plan, if somebody who has been living in South Florida for the past 4 years name shows up on any new Biogenesis documents?

  4. fordmandalay - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    That’s right, keep talking up how players should accept less money if they want a ‘ring’. While the billionaire owners keep raking in the profits from those players’ hard work and risking crippling injuries.

    • BrownsTown - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      That comment is more applicable to the top of the roster rather than the bottom.

    • cnyle01 - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      ever heard of a salary cap? SMDH

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Okay I’m ready for NBA 2K15. I’d just download an updated roster in 2K14, but my Bobcats never become the Hornets in that one.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      Sucks, i didnt wanna but the new one but I have to because of the name changes…

  6. drfeelyouup - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    Championship

  7. ebecks34 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Now that Love is in Cleveland, Marion will sign there in a heartbeat.

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