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Shawn Marion News
Trans. Feb 13 11:01 ET (Feb 13 11:01 ET ) If owner Mark Cuban has anything to do with, Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion will make the NBA's all-defensive team this season. "It's not a question if he's first team," Cuban said before Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sure, LeBron James went home , Kevin Durant received $350 million to wear a brand of shoes he might've worn anyway and DeMarcus Cousins represented his country with honor , but Dirk Nowitzki is quietly enjoying the best summer, and we better start enjoying it with him before it's over. His Dallas Mavericks replaced three important but aging contributors to a team that took the San Antonio Spurs deeper into a series this past spring than anybody else — Jose Calderon, Vince Carter and Shawn Marion — by reacquiring old friend Tyson Chandler, swiping Chandler Parsons from the division rival Rockets and adding a couple capable point guards in Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton. Is that group better than the one that took the Spurs to seven games in the first round this past season? Time will tell, obviously, but Nowitzki sure seems pleased as he makes the German media rounds. After all, one doesn't sing David Hasselhoff songs on national television without a certain degree of comfort. Hasselhoff's "Looking for Freedom" spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the German charts in 1989, when Nowitzki was an 11-year-old boy sporting lederhosen and clogs on the courts of Würzburg, and he later joked about humming the tune as part of his free throw shooting routine during the 2006 NBA playoffs. Soon afterwards, the former Baywatch star, seeking the spotlight like only the Hoff knows how, showed up on the sidelines of a Mavericks-Suns matchup in the Western Conference finals, and Nowitzki ultimately reached the finals as Miami Heat fans rained "Dav-id Hass-el-hoff" chants down upon him. This is Dirk's jam, so it's no wonder he pulls it off wonderfully on the set of Stefan Raab's German version of "The Tonight Show." But this isn't the only good news Nowitzki has offered in recent days. The 12-time All-Star has touched on topics ranging from his interest in returning to the German national team ( he will ) to his flatulence etiquette during interviews ( he will not ). Good news for Stefan Raab, apparently. Why so much fun with Dirk this summer? Well, he's promoting a documentary about his life entitled, " Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf " ("Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot"), perhaps in an effort to make up for all that money he passed up by signing a three-year, $25 million deal to stay in Dallas this past July. Dirk Nowitzki. Not about the money. All about the Hoff. What a summer.
The Scoop:"He's been the last two years the best rebounding small forward in the NBA. It's not even close," said Mark Cuban of Aminu. Aminu is indeed a stellar rebounder, and perhaps coach Rick Carlisle will find a way to improve his offensive stats (during his best offensive season he averaged just 7.3 points per game). But as a reserve off the bench for the Mavericks, he's more of a deep league play for owners seeking some rebounding and a bit of defensive stats.
Shawn Marion knows what it takes to win an NBA championship. The Cavs hope his experience will help them get one. Cleveland signed the veteran free agent forward Tuesday, adding a player with an extensive postseason resume to a team targeting an NBA title. Marion agreed to a one-year contract with the Cavs last month, but the sides didn't make it official until Tuesday.
Adding championship experience in the wake of landing superstar LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced Tuesday they have signed forward Shawn Marion, who helped Dallas win the 2011 NBA crown. The Cavaliers were revitalized when James, who led the Miami Heat to two NBA titles and two more runner--up showings over the past four seasons, returned to his home-region club in July.
The Scoop:It's expected to be a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum. Marion could have made more money elsewhere, but he's more interested in vying for a championship alongside LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Marion projects as a backup SF/PF and he's unlikely to get enough playing time to help typical fantasy owners.
The Scoop:Marion's priority is to win a championship and joining the Cavs seems like his best bet considering how difficult it is to come out of the Western Conference. He'll be focusing more on defense while backing up LeBron James and Kevin Love, so we'd expect his stats to drop off a bit.
The Miami Heat “only” won two championships during LeBron James’ four seasons with the team, with the main personnel criticism from that run coming in the form of chiding the team’s front office for only going after big names in its attempts to build a roster. Mike Miller seemed obvious. Shane Battier seemed like a pick from straight out of central casting. Ray Allen seemed like a perfect, famous fit. Chris Andersen seemed like the way to go. Even the buy low options – former high end lottery picks like Greg Oden and Michael Beasley – had enough Q rating to make the headlines. We’d heard and seen all of these players before, and in the end there wasn’t a whole lot of home-grown talent to work with. The Cleveland Cavaliers, to the dismay of some, are taking the same approach. Veteran forward Shawn Marion has reportedly agreed to terms with the team in the advance of what Shawn hopes will be another championship turn . Marion will join what could turn out to be a star-studded front court, should the expected trade for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love go down as expected. Ray Allen could also join the team. Mike Miller is already on the team. Names, names, big names. Marion’s production declined last season in Dallas as Monta Ellis’ impact swelled, but he’s a bargain at the minimum, $1.4 million price he’ll make next season. Capable at either the stretch four or small forward position, the former All-Star and 2011 NBA champion (sorry, LeBron) can defend three positions soundly and stretch the floor even if he’s not making the league average percentage from three-point range. Additionally, in a four-and into-five year run that has seen LeBron James make the Finals four times in a row (something Michael Jordan never did), Marion will give James a blow as a wing and big forward defender; something he never had in Miami. He’ll also perform better than Love, should the potential trade go through, as a pick and roll defender in undersized lineups. The criticism from here, and a quick search around the Internet will reveal as much, is that the Cleveland Cavaliers don’t really need more forwards, shooters and scorers. That they really need a big man in case Anderson Varejao (currently playing international basketball for Brazil’s team) goes down, and a reserve point guard. My criticism of that criticism? I’ll steal from Seinfeld – who are these people? That same Internet search will reveal columns that don’t actually point to who the Cavaliers should be attempting to sign or trade for, nor do they chide the Cavs for declining to pursue previously signed players in this offseason. There are no actual specifics behind the non-moves, just bash-work centered on the idea that the Cavs failed to land the mythical “guy who can protect the rim” without noting that that particular guy wasn’t really available this summer. Were the Cavaliers supposed to pull Joakim Noah out of a hat? In response to that, you go after the best players available – and Shawn Marion/ potentially Ray Allen on the cheap, and a 26-and-12 guy in return for a couple of talented kids clearly fit that mindset. “LeBron James-as-general manager”-jokes abound these days, and that’s fine, but this isn’t some instance of LBJ/GM building some fluffy cadre of stars. These are the guys that are around this summer, via trade or signing. Tyson Chandler isn’t available until next summer. Roy Hibbert can’t be had in return for Dion Waiters. Joakim Noah isn’t going anywhere. And capable defensive-minded reserve centers just don’t walk the earth anymore. Those guys are called “starting centers.” In lieu of those candidates, you sign a slim but strong hybrid forward on his last legs to the minimum salary, and keep your eye on an ever-churning trade and free agent market. Shawn Marion isn’t the answer in Cleveland, but he sure as hell doesn’t hurt the Cavaliers’ championship chances. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
Shawn Marion wanted another shot at an NBA title. He'll get it playing with LeBron James. The free agent forward has agreed to a contract with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday. The 36-year-old Marion informed the Cavs this weekend that he will take a minimum deal and play for them next season, said the person who spoke condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized.
Forward Shawn Marion informed the Cleveland Cavaliers that he intends to sign a free-agent deal with them this month, even though the team can only pay him the league's minimum salary, according to ESPN.com. Marion, 36, reportedly wants to play alongside star forward LeBron James and have a chance to compete for an NBA title. The Indiana Pacers are also pursuing Marion after losing forward Paul George to a broken leg that will keep him out for about a year. The Cavaliers can only offer Marion $1.4 million this season.
The Scoop: None.
Aug 17 8:51 ET
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AP PHOTOS: Cavaliers fans welcome back LeBron (The Associated Press) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) CLEVELAND (AP) -- They waited in line to see him, and when LeBron James ran onto the new court inside Quicken Loans Arena for the first time in four years wearing the Cavaliers' wine and gold colors, Cleveland fans welcomed him back with a thunderous roar they've been waiting to unleash. More...