Free agent forward Shawn Marion meets with Pacers

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Free agent forward Shawn Marion met with Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird as Indiana tries to replenish its roster after forward Paul George's season-ending injury, Bird confirmed at a Tuesday press conference.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are also reportedly interested in the 36-year-old Marion.

"What I came away with was he's undecided with where he wants to play and what he wants to do," Bird said. "But he does want to play for a contender."

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The Cavaliers can offer Marion just the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million. Indiana is expected to apply for a disabled player exception for next season and has until Jan. 15 to do so. The Pacers would have $5.3 million to use on the exception, but would go over the salary cap threshold if they spend more than $1.7 million. Bird said Tuesday the team will not go over the threshold.

Marion, a four-time All-Star, spent the last five seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, helping them win a championship in 2011. He averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season, and has averaged almost 16 points per game in 15 seasons.

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