The Indiana Pacers are in need of a forward considering Paul George is expected to miss the entire 2014-15 season. Given that, the team reached out to free agent Shawn Marion who genuinely appeared interested in the Pacers.
Not only did they have plenty of floor time available for the veteran, part of the reason he left the Dallas Mavericks, but they would also likely have money considering they’d be able to apply for the disabled player exception. It seemed like a perfect match until the Cleveland Cavaliers came calling and began courting Shawn Marion.
Unable to compete with the lure of playing alongside LeBron James, the Indiana Pacers knew that signing Marion would likely be a long shot and they’ve already moved on, this according to Yahoo Sports.
Shawn Marion isn’t the player he once was, but he still would have been a really good fit for the Pacers, especially given the circumstances. Still, it’s hard to begrudge a player for likely taking less time and money to play for a ring.
As for the Indiana Pacers, their next move is unknown. They were said to have interest in MarShon Brooks but he reportedly is set to play in Europe, leaving the Pacers with only a few options in the free agent market.
Might they attempt to make a trade given they’re likely to be granted the disabled player exception? It’s certainly possible, though the DPE will only net them about a mid-level amount of money (a bit over $5 million) so it’s questionable as to what type of talent they’d be able to bring in.