Shawn Marion to play in Cleveland with LeBron
While Shawn Marion might have been a good fit in Memphis, he has elected to play with LeBron James in Cleveland. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein:
Free-agent forward Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that Marion informed the Cavaliers this weekend that he intends to sign with them this month, despite the fact that Cleveland can only offer him a minimum deal.
The chance to play with LeBron James and immediately compete for a championship, sources said, clinched Marion’s decision to choose Cleveland in the face of a ramped-up pursuit by the Indiana Pacers.
As ESPN.com reported earlier this week, Pacers president Larry Bird invited Marion to Indianapolis earlier this week for a face-to-face recruiting pitch over dinner, with Indiana in desperate need of veteran help on the wing after the season-ending compound leg fracture suffered by star swingman Paul George on Aug. 1.
It appeared, publicly at least, that Shawn Marion was only looking at the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Even so, he would have been a great fit in Memphis, but the Grizzlies didn’t seem to be too interested in signing him.
Marion will sign for the veteran’s minimum in order to chase a title with LeBron James.