Morning shootaround — Aug. 12


NEWS OF THE MORNING

Report: Marion, Bird chat | Report: Monroe OK with qualifying offer | Report: George to switch to No. 13 | Report: Charlotte making formal All-Star pitch soon

No. 1: Report: Marion meets with Pacers — About a week or so ago, there was talk that free-agent forward Shawn Marion was interested in meeting with the Indiana Pacers and, also, that he was leaning toward signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. So, do the Pacers still have a shot at him or not? According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Marion recently met with the Pacers and talked with president Larry Bird about the team and more:

The Indiana Pacers have jumped into the race for Shawn Marion’s signature — competing with LeBron James‘ Cleveland Cavaliers — by hosting Marion on a visit to Indianapolis, ESPN.com has learned.

Marion met face-to-face with Pacers president Larry Bird Monday, according to sources close to the situation, after Bird urged the free-agent defensive specialist and former All-Star to come to town to consider signing with Indiana in the wake of the devastating compound leg fracture suffered by Pacers star Paul George.

Heading into Monday, the Cavaliers were widely considered to be the front-runner to sign Marion, despite the fact that Cleveland is restricted to offering him a minimum salary of $1.4 million after using all of its cap resources and exceptions elsewhere.

Sources say that Marion, meanwhile, has maintained for weeks that he hopes to wind up with a championship contender if he leaves the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, so it remains to be seen whether Indiana’s financial advantages can trump the promise of championship contention playing alongside James in Cleveland.

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No. 2: Report: Monroe OK with just qualifying offer — Pistons big man Greg Monroe is still on the NBA’s open market as he and Detroit seem to be unable to come to an agreement on a new deal for the restricted free agent. Would Monroe be willing to play out next season on a qualifying offer and test the free-agent waters next summer as an unrestricted free agent? According to a report from Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News, the answer may be yes:

The Greg Monroe watch is entering its seventh week, with another seven weeks remaining before there’s a guarantee his restricted free agency will be resolved, one way or another.

While the Pistons big man has not pursued an offer sheet from another team, he has pursued sign-and-trade possibilities, and Monroe is “definitely” willing to take the one-year qualifying offer worth $5.3 million from Detroit in order to ensure his unrestricted free agency next summer, a source familiar with Monroe’s thinking told The Detroit News.

The source requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the contract talks. Monroe has until Oct. 1 to agree to a deal or sign the qualifying offer.

While taking the qualifying offer is a risk if he gets injured — he has missed just one of his last 310 games — it’s the biggest leverage he and his agent, David Falk, have.

If Monroe signs the qualifying offer, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent next summer, free to sign wherever he likes — and for the following season, he would have to approve any trade, as he likely would try to secure a long-term deal with any new team.

Monroe reportedly doesn’t have anything against the Pistons or new coach/president Stan Van Gundy. In fact, the source said, Monroe “likes Van Gundy and likes what he says,” but added that Monroe “needs proof (of Van Gundy’s vision).”

The sum of Monroe’s time in Detroit has been marred by constant upheaval, drama and instability on the sidelines; Van Gundy would be his fifth coach in five seasons. It took John Kuester some time to realize the talent level he had in Monroe as a rookie, Lawrence Frank lost the team very early in his two-year tenure, and Maurice Cheeks was fired after 50 games last season.

“We have tried (to recruit Monroe). Look, right off the bat he was the first person we saw,” Van Gundy said the day the Pistons introduced Caron Butler and D.J. Augustin. “Then a lot of conversation — because that’s the way he wanted it for a while — went through his agent and we hooked back up in Orlando (Summer League) and tried to make a strong case for ourselves and our organization.”

While Van Gundy’s comments have been pro-Monroe, and Andre Drummond has made public pleas that the team retain Monroe, it would not be unreasonable to think Monroe might like a fresh start elsewhere, as opposed to taking a leap of faith with Van Gundy.

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No. 3: Report: George to switch to No. 13 — The Pacers won’t have Paul George in the lineup next season as he recovers from the broken leg he suffered in Las Vegas during Team USA camp a few weeks ago. When he does return to the Indiana lineup, he’ll look markedly different in one way — he’s changing his jersey number from his familiar No. 24 to No. 13. ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell has more:

Despite Paul George’s absence, the Indiana Pacers will surely sell some of his jerseys this upcoming season, but they will bear a different number.

George applied for and was granted the right to switch from No. 24 to No. 13, sources told ESPN.com.

Because George applied for the change before the March deadline, he doesn’t have to pay for the remaining old No. 24s on the market. Sources, however, said he still elected to do so.

Per league rules, a player who changes jersey numbers on the same team must buy up all of the old jerseys on the market.

 

He has been dropping hints of the change to fans. Over the past month, he has tweetedtrece, which means 13 in Spanish, seven times.

George finished last season 15th in the league in jersey sales, according to sales at the NBA Store in New York City and the online NBA Store.

Ironically, George wore No. 24 because of Kobe Bryant, who in 2006 changed his number to 24 from No. 8.

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No. 4: Report: Hornets plan to submit All-Star weekend bid — The city of Charlotte last hosted All-Star weekend in 1991, just three years after the city entered the NBA with the expansion Charlotte Hornets in 1988-89. The offseason has been busy for the franchise formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats as they reclaimed the Hornets name, added Lance Stephenson in free agency and are looking to capitalize on last season’s playoff run. The next move? Making a push for a future All-Star weekend, writes Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:

The Charlotte Hornets plan to formally submit a bid Tuesday to host either the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, a source close to the process said Monday.

The team and the Charlotte Sports Foundation have called a news conference for Tuesday morning. It’s expected that’s when a formal announcement of the Hornets’ pursuit will be made.

The All-Star Weekend was in Charlotte once before, in 1991, when the original Hornets played here.

While it’s been no secret the Hornets are interested in hosting the annual mid-February event at Time Warner Cable Arena, there are potential complications. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said during a March visit to Charlotte that an All-Star bid would be contingent on the city agreeing to various upgrades to the arena.

“It’s part of the understanding here that the building remain state of the art,” Silver said in March. “Nothing dramatic is needed. But certainly an upgrade to the scoreboard, some things with the suites and the lighting.”

Under lease terms between the city and the Hornets, who manage the nine-year-old publicly-funded arena, the parties will intermittently review keeping the facility up to date. The team and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority compiled a list of potential improvements that would cost nearly $42 million.

While emphasizing those upgrades would be a key factor in Charlotte’s pursuit of an All-Star Weekend, Silver was otherwise encouraging on Charlotte’s chances in March.

The NBA awarded the 2015 All-Star Weekend to New York and the 2016 event to Toronto. A decision on 2017 and ’18 is expected sometime this coming winter or spring.

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SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: Mavs boss Mark Cuban opens up a little bit about the team’s busy offseason … Former NBA journeyman Josh Childress is close to signing with a team in Australia … Wizards reserve big man Al Harrington is going to be playing in China next season … Through all the trade noise of late, rookie Andrew Wiggins tunes out the chatter through music and his family

18 Comments

  1. Yeli says:

    Heat should try getting Monroe, Marion would be a good fit to Indiana

  2. harriethehawk says:

    The Nets, Pacers and Heat are out. The Hornets, Cavaliers and Wizards are in. Welcome!

  3. Marion could be a big part of a championship contender in Clevelnd. Marion gives the Cavs versatility and the ability to use him in different ways to affect the game. Playing with Love and Lebron means Marion will get plenty of shot attempts while being a defensive ace on a run to a Championship.

  4. Marion can play pf, play defense, and shoot the corner three. A useful skill set for a potential champion team.

  5. bullysix says:

    So you drinking the kool aid. Cavs a championship contender? So the Bulls Wiz Raptors Hornets and Heat have nothing to say about that? Why even play the games winning on paper is the new way to the NBA title.

    • jc says:

      They will most likely have some chemistry issues starting out, and I am not a big fan of LeBron, but they are without a doubt championship contenders. By the way you worded your comment you don’t seem to understand what championship contender means, which basically is that they have a legit shot at winning. Yes, the Bulls and Wizards also have decent shots too, but that doesn’t change the fact they the Cavs are, in fact, championship contenders.

  6. bullysix says:

    There us almost a 4 mil difference between signing with Pacers or Cavs. For a guy near the end of his career what decision is most possible? Signing with the Cavs would be nice for the Cavs as it would be for the pacers. But will his signing with either change what the Bulls Wiz Raptors and Hornets do?

    Anybody that thinks that Marion is the main factor in anybody winning an NBA title needs to be tested. He will help the Cavs more but at what cost to Waiters? Will Marion decide he can be the 6th man and Waiters who has let it known he wants no back seat to anyone how is that going to work out in Cavland?

    With the Pacers less drama he could fill that SF with nobody having issues with it but in Cavland who knows. He is a nice vet to have but a 4 mil difference dont know and he could ask for 2-3 deal with Pacers. Will the Cavs off the same?

    As a Bulls fan to me this is a none issue I dont care who he signs with just make a decision and move on.

  7. Fug says:

    Marion has already won a championship, so it’s about playing the game aka more minutes and money. Indiana will play him 27 minutes a game vs 18 minutes the Cavs will give him. He will be a leader in Indy. He will get 5.3 million as provided by the NBA due to the George injury ( it does not go against the salary cap)

    With Marion, the Pacers will be just as good or better. Some players on Indy did not play up to expectations last year, and there will be 40 minutes per game to divide up and a more significant role to charge those batteries up for this coming season. Roy Hibbert is the key. It’s not often Kareem is coaxed into helping out a young center with moves, but when Larry a Bird called him he did just that.

    So Marion like David West did will take the option of playing a more significant role and for more money and sign with the Pacers. The Cavs interest is only a shot in the dark anyways. Remember it’s a soft cap, if they want match any offer for Marion they can but it is going to cost them dollar for dollar in luxury tax.

  8. Elijah 41 says:

    hope marion goes back to dallas..solid line-up again in dallas..he can back up dirk at the 4 spot…

  9. Viktor Kyrychenko says:

    Just to clear things up, there aren’t really any other options for the cavs to improve more this off season than sign Shawn Marion, he’ll give him needed defense.

  10. marlon green says:

    If Marion wants a ring he should consider signing with a top team in the west first. But if he wants to join the J.V. league I would say go ahead and join the Caxs. The Pacers were washed up with George last year and Lance is gone as well. I can only imagine how terrible they will be this season. Stick a fork in the Pacers at the opening tip of this upcoming season.

  11. Titus says:

    Marion would be perfect in Cleveland!

    • jc says:

      I disagree. The only thing Marion helps them with is the fact that outside of LeBron, no one on that team plays defense. He can’t shoot that well and with LeBron, Love, and Thompson taking up all of the minutes at the 3 and 4, Marion would most likely end up only playing maybe 10 minutes a game. He’s almost guaranteed to be the starting 3 for Indy this year if he chooses them.

  12. Jose says:

    yuba my bro is ga

  13. sally says:

    this is true, Pacers didn’t look good with George last season, this season isn’t going to be any different without him.

  14. Kyrie Irving says:

    Marion you better go to the Cavs after saying stuff like
    ” Sources say that Marion, meanwhile, has maintained for weeks that he hopes to wind up with a championship contender if he leaves the Dallas Mavericks in free agency ”
    THE PACERS ARE NOT A CONTENDER AND THEY CAN ONLY OFFER A FEW MILLION MORE THAN THE CAVS CAN OFFER !!!

    • You must be a desperate Cavs fan to ask Marion to join the Cavs…….are there not better options out there???

      Is Shawn Marion the missing piece at the moment to help the Cavs win a ring???

      Let him walk bud

      • Amuro says:

        Marion provides a stopgap for perimeter defense when Wiggins is traded away. LeBron can’t guard everyone. How can people not see this?