ESPN sources say Shawn Marion has committed this weekend to sign with the Cavaliers
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 17, 2014
Due to the salary cap constraints resulting from the signing of LeBron James and expected trade for Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, 15-year veteran Marion will be playing for the NBA minimum of $1.448 million. The NBA minimum is based on how many years of experience a player has, with those at 10 years or more making that amount.
However, the opportunity for a championship ring is a major reason that Marion is accepting this deal with the Cavaliers. Like many of the role players brought in by the Cavaliers during the offseason, such as Mike Miller, James Jones and potentially Ray Allen, his opportunity for a second championship ring is getting shorter.
The only competition for Marion’s services that the Cavaliers faced was from the Indiana Pacers, who were devastated by the loss of Paul George last month. The Pacers could offer up a higher yearly salary (up to $1.7 million), but the loss of George effectively eliminates them for contending for an NBA title.
Marion’s familiarity with Cavalier general manager David Griffin was also a factor in the deal, with the pair having spent nearly nine seasons together until a February 2008 trade to the Miami Heat in exchange for former Cavalier Shaquille O’Neal. At the time of the trade, Grant was Phoenix’s senior vice president of basketball operations.
A pending free agent the following year, Marion was dealt to the Toronto Raptors, then signed a five-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks in July 2009. During his second season with the team, Dallas captured its first NBA title, defeating James’ Heat squad.
Coming off the bench will be somewhat of a new role for Marion, who has been a starter in all but one of his previous 15 NBA campaigns. That one year as a reserve is noteworthy: it came during the aforementioned 2010-11 season, when he only started 27 of the 80 games he played—helping the Mavericks win it all.