The Cleveland Cavaliers have a handshake trade agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star forward Kevin Love. When the deal becomes official, the Cavaliers will have a new big three consisting of Love, LeBron James and young point guard Kyrie Irving. The combination of the three players will make the Cavaliers the team to beat in the east, but the team still needs veteran pieces. They have reportedly added on of those pieces on Sunday.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, veteran forward Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cavaliers. Stein tweeted, “Cavs can only offer minimum deal to Shawn Marion but sources say chance to play with LeBron and play for a title trumped all other offers.”
Other teams interested in the services of Marion included the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat, but despite those teams being able to offer more, the36-year-old Marion believes he can play a bigger role with the Cavaliers. His versatility and ability to play at both the small forward and power forward position will free James from having to depend the opponent’s best scorer.
Marion is also a proven scorer who already has championship experience, which is why he intrigued the Pacers. With swingman Paul George out for the season with compound leg fracture, Pacers president Larry Bird scheduled a meeting with Marion earlier in the week. After a face-to-face meeting, Bird conceded that the Cavaliers were the frontrunners. Bird said in a news conference, “What I came away with was he’s undecided with where he wants to play and what he wants to do. But he does want to play for a contender.”
The Cavaliers emerged as that contender with the pending trade for Kevin Love. The team can only offer him a minimum salary of $1.4 million this season, but at this stage of Marion’s career, it is all about winning another championship and he feels his best chance is playing alongside the best player in the game.