Cavs interested in Marion?
Old 07-06-2009, 02:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This seems more like a play to re-sign Varejao imo. But??

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Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry and head coach Mike Brown flew to Los Angeles on Sunday to begin courting undisclosed free agents.

Agent Dan Fegan, who represents both Anderson Varejao and Shawn Marion, is based in Los Angeles and often conducts negotiating sessions there.

It is also possible that Cleveland is looking to meet with Josh Childress, who makes his offseason home in Los Angeles.
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I think they would go for Childress more than Marion and the almighty Varejao.
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they want parker too.
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I think they would go for Childress more than Marion and the almighty Varejao.
Unless Childress gets more than the MLE, I can't see him leaving Olympiacos.
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Unless Childress gets more than the MLE, I can't see him leaving Olympiacos.
Obviously this may look like the last chance Cleveland has to get a ring for Lebron, so they are off-season hunting for the best prospects and thinking about the finals then saving cash.

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Obviously this may look like the last chance Cleveland has to get a ring for Lebron, so they are off-season hunting for the best prospects and thinking about the finals then saving cash.
Unless Ferry has some sort of master plan of paring salary, I can't see Childress signing with the Cavs. He's not gonna go for the MLE (which is all the Cavs have to offer) - the Hawks will easily match it.
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I think we'll all breathe much easier when lebron signs an extension... made it to the east finals and that's still not enough, i can only help but think about what it will take to keep boshtard around
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On this same topic, here's an article about it:

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Forgotten man Marion might be best suited with Cavs

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
Posted Jul 6 2009 11:07AM

With Hedo Turkoglu shopping for a new home in Toronto, Rasheed Wallace agreeing to sign with the Boston Celtics and Jason Kidd saying he'll re-sign with the Mavs, the list of free agents who can make a serious impact next season is dwindling.

Of our original top 12 free agents, only five remain: Lamar Odom, Paul Millsap, David Lee, Marvin Williams and Shawn Marion. Only Odom and Marion are unrestricted, with Odom expected to stay with the defending champion Lakers.

That leaves Marion, who can give a contender an upgrade at forward or some added depth and versatility. But so far, the Matrix has looked like a forgotten man.

The four-time All-Star has seen his numbers and reputation take a hit since he was traded away from Phoenix (and its MVP point guard Steve Nash) in 2008. He lasted a year in Miami and will leave Toronto after just 27 games.

In order to sign Turkoglu, the Raptors will renounce their rights to Marion, among other players. So with Toronto out, and a sign-and-trade deal gone, too, Marion's list of potential destinations just got shorter.

There are still a couple contenders looking to spend money. The Blazers have about $8 million in cap room, which they were ready to give Turkoglu. The Cavs and Magic, meanwhile, were willing to use their full mid-level exceptions on guys like Wallace, Trevor Ariza and Ron Artest, but have been spurned so far.

We've also yet to hear from the Hawks, but they've got to worry about re-signing Williams and guard Mike Bibby before bringing in anybody new.

The Blazers need a veteran who can defend, and they could also get better at the small forward and point guard positions. But they are reportedly targeting Lee after losing Turkoglu.

The Magic just need depth after losing several rotation players this summer. They're looking at moving Mickael Pietrus into the starting lineup and have only Ryan Anderson as a back-up big man. The addition of Marion would allow Rashard Lewis to move back to small forward, Pietrus to back-up both Lewis and Vince Carter, and give them more versatility at both forward positions.

But Cleveland may be the best fit for Marion. The Cavs need athleticism and versatility on their frontline. Their big men are either old and slow (Shaquille O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas) or young and inexperienced (Darnell Jackson and J.J. Hickson). Marion is on the wrong side of 30, but he's still one of the league's best athletes.

General manager Danny Ferry and coach Mike Brown have the memory of the Cavs struggling to guard Lewis and Turkoglu in the Playoffs fresh in their minds. Re-signing Anderson Varejao is important, but Marion can guard almost every position on the floor.

The question is: Will Marion take the mid-level exception to join a contender? This is the first time he's been a free agent and at 31, this may be his last chance to cash in. He reportedly rejected a big payday from the Raptors earlier last week.

But if Portland spends their money elsewhere, the mid-level may be the best he can do.

Still, Marion can help himself and his reputation by helping the Cavs get over the hump. And if doesn't want a long-term, mid-level deal, he can just sign for one year and become a free agent next summer. That would also allow Cleveland to remain flexible and bring in another big free agent (like Bosh) to join LeBron James in 2010.

So far, the Cavs have come up empty in the 2009 free agent market. Ferry has one more year to convince James to stay in Cleveland, and as evidenced by the Shaq trade, he's willing to take chances. But before he can convince the MVP to re-sign next summer, Ferry's got to convince a free agent or two this year. And for some reason, none of his initial targets have wanted the opportunity to play with James and O'Neal.

Ferry can salvage his post-Draft offseason by adding Marion. While Marion and the Cavs have been free agency's biggest losers, they might be perfect pairing, too.
Link: NBA.com: Forgotten man Marion might be best suited with Cavs
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