The Cleveland Cavaliers added yet another NBA champion to the mix on Sunday, as they agreed to terms with forward Shawn Marion on a veteran’s-minimum deal.
Although Marion is well past his prime at 36, this is still a fantastic signing for the Cavs.
With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love fronting Cleveland’s 2014-15 starting lineup, one of the few concerns about this team was its depth.
Well, Marion gives the Cavs a capable small forward to spell James and he is helpful in just about all facets of the game. He averaged 10.4 points, 1.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game this past season with the Dallas Mavericks.
He’s not exactly a sniper from outside, but he still shot a respectable 35.8 percent from beyond the arc in 2013-14 and won’t be a hinderance to Cleveland’s floor-spacing.
Furthermore, he’s still a plus-defender, which should be a big help on a team that will start and rely heavily on Love and Irving (both are subpar defenders).
Cleveland was already the favorite in the Eastern Conference before Sunday’s signing and all this does is make them even more formidable.