From NBA.com staff reports
Veteran forward Shawn Marion is being courted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Cavaliers are hosting Marion in Cleveland on Monday and are trying to complete a deal with the former Phoenix Sun and Dallas Maverick despite its inability to offer more than the league minimum.
Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has a strong relationship with Marion from their Phoenix days together and Cleveland, sources said, would love to bring Marion in to add depth, experience and versatility to a core that is expected to also feature Kevin Love if the Cavs complete their long-anticipated traded with Minnesota for the All-Star power forward later this month.
The 36-year-old, four-time All-Star is on the verge of his 16th season in the league and coming off a solid year in Dallas where he averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game on 48.2 percent shooting. He would bring experience and, most importantly, defensive intensity to a Cavaliers’ bench unit that recently added Mike Miller and James Jones.
Marion reportedly has other interested suitors, including the Indiana Pacers. But these teams lack one key element … LeBron James.