Free agent forward Shawn Marion committed to joining the Cleveland Cavaliers this weekend, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. The 36-year-old forward will be expected to serve as a versatile defender alongside LeBron James in Cleveland.
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— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 17, 2014
Marion is a 15-year NBA veteran who has spent his last five seasons in Dallas. The 10.4 points per game he averaged last season was the lowest mark his career since his rookie season. He's the second offseason pickup for the Cavs since James signed in July, joining shooter Mike Miller as a veteran addition.
Marion was the ninth overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in 1999 out of UNLV. He spent his first eight and a half seasons in Phoenix establishing himself as a two-way athletic terror. He's a four-time All-Star and was a key member of the Mavericks' 2011 NBA champion squad, often drawing the assignment of guarding James.
Always known for his all-around, stat-stuffing game, Marion is one of four players ever to amass 17,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks.