Dallas Mavericks’ forward Shawn Marion remains an unrestricted free agent and it looked like his days in Dallas have come to an end. He has enjoyed great success with the Mavericks, winning a championship in 2011. Marion hoped to join a contender if he could not remain with the Mavericks and although plenty of teams would like to sign Marion, no one will give him the money he is looking for.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors thinks the Indiana Pacers would be a good fit for Marion.
I think Marion will hold out for quite a while before he settles for the minimum. That’s an intriguing scenario, though, since conceivably he could start at the 3 and Paul George could go back to shooting guard, where he played before Danny Granger got hurt.
The Pacers have had an offseason they’d probably prefer to forget. They lost guard Lance Stephenson in free agency when he signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Stephenson gave the Pacers trouble both on and off of the court, but he is a very talented player that will be very hard to replace. They did sign former Detroit Pistons’ combo guard Rodney Stuckey. His versatility will help, but he’s certainly a downgrade from Stephenson. Getting Marion would help replace some of that lost production.
Marion averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 48.2% from the field, 35.8% from beyond the arc and 78.5% from the free throw line last season. Over the course of his career, he’s put up 15.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.5% from the floor, 33.2% from three and 81.1% from the charity stripe.