Free agent forward Shawn Marion meets with Pacers
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."
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.
- Scooby Axson