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Marion to Cavs makes sense ... but not now

Posted on: December 16, 2008 3:40 pm

Shawn Marion to the Cavs? LeBron James no doubt would be thrilled, and Cleveland would be loaded up like never before to make a title run before the clock ticks down to July 1, 2010. But a person directly involved in the situation said Tuesday that Cleveland and Miami "haven't had a trade discussion of any kind in months."

The proposed trade reported by Yahoo! Sports would've sent Anderson Varejao and Wally Szczerbiak to Miami for Marion, whose $17.2 million deal expires after the season. Szczerbiak's $13 million also is expiring, but the Cavs would clear Varejao's $6.2 million player option off the books next summer. It's an intriguing proposal for both teams, although an agent who would be involved in such a transaction had no indication Tuesday that anything was imminent.

The Heat clearly are not smitten with the idea of maxing out Marion, who would instantly make the Cavs a lethal threat to the Celtics' repeat hopes. Cleveland could view it as a rental, or could extend Marion after the season if they believe LBJ would approve. The Cavs already have plenty of cap space in 2010 to re-sign LeBron and a top-tier running mate such as Chris Bosh. But clearing Varejao's contract would make Cleveland a player in free agency next summer, when Carlos Boozer (player option) and Kobe Bryant (early termination) could be free. Miami would be in great cap shape, too, assuming Varejao declines his player option.

The interesting question for the Cavs is whether or not they should gamble when the team is 20-4 and seemingly capable of going toe-to-toe with Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals. Cavs GM Danny Ferry believes the roster is talented enough to contend as-is, but Marion would be a difference maker. And while Varejao does all the little things -- including flopping to draw offensive fouls -- Marion wouldn't be a liability on the defensive end because he's versatile enough to guard the post and perimeter.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2008 12:56 am

Marion to Cavs makes sense ... but not now

i think this reporter hasnt watched varejao play any basketball this year. he's not only drawing the charging calls, but playing great defense. rebounding and blocking shots, and most importantly he's......making shots and scoring. he's that guy just like marion that will provide a spark when there out on that court and give it their all on both sides of the court and never take plays off. i like varejao's potential in years to come, so giving him up would b tough, definetly wally can go tho, this guy had his peak of hoopin in minnesota a few years ago when he was an all-star. he cant play any defense and barely hits open shots now n days. so all i dont think this would b a good trade for this year. i thnk with wally's big contract to trade to a team that needs cap room we could definetly get a better player than marion.

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2008 12:18 am

Marion to Cavs makes sense ... but not now

I wont doubt that Marion is good... BUT why mess with the chemistry this team has.  The team is 20-4 and we're talking trade?  Right now they can go mano a mano with the Celts. 

And it doesn't get talked much, and it shows in the all star voting - but Mo Williams needs more love out there.  He is clearly the player Larry Hughes couldn't (or didn't want) to be.


Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2008 12:11 am

Marion to Cavs makes sense ... but not now

i agree, any team thats willing to take Wally the deal has to be made, i havent really seen a bigger pos in my lifetime. The dude is garbage. Varejo is ok but Marion can do everything he can do only better but also actually score. Also because Marion can guard the 3 or 4, or 2 pending on the team. Lebron no longer has to guard the other teams best player and that is good for him because that leaves him alot more energy on the offensive end. No one is scared of the Cavs when your 4s are Wallace and Varejo but if you make that 4 marion then things become different.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 11:27 pm

Marion to Cavs makes sense ... but not now

?????? Clearly YOU havent watched any Cavs game this year either!!! Why wouldnt you want a guy twho cn shoot the ball over a guy who does the little things? Marion over a bench player,Yes! Marion over a guy who didnt want to play with the team last year,Yes!!! Marion over a guy who thinks he is Lebron when he shoots or pass,Yes!! Marion can shoot,Marion can pass,Marion can play defense on a forward and gaurd,Marion can pass. Andy can onnly play D, thats all,just because he hasnt played bad as of late doesnt make him a great player.

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 10:12 pm

Marion to Cavs makes sense ... but not now

My two favorite teams, and I think the deal would benefit both of them. Cleveland would get a great player and person in Marion. This years Heat squad is making it difficult for him to get into his game. Would benefit both teams salary cap wise. Cleveland needs to go for it this year. Right now, I think  Celtics are a couple steps ahead, but this could even it out if Marion is able to play his true game.

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 9:52 pm

Marion to Cavs makes sense ... but not now

I think the title of the post says it all.  Marion would be an absolute great addition to the Cavs, but this team is playing too well right now to break up their chemistry.  Anderson Varejao is one of those players that is a fan favorite, but more for shis crazy style and hard  nose play.  Come playoff time, teams need a hustle player like this, and Varejao believe it or not has improved his game.  Sczerbiak is a great shooter, and has obviosuly played much better this year than last year, but I don't know how much longer he will be able to put up numbers.  Let Marion come when the Cavs have to give up less, or if they lose this season.  Marion will bring a world of new oppurtunity to the Cavs, but there is no sense breaking up something that is so good right now.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2008 8:37 pm

Marion to Cavs makes sense ... but not now

Yes Shawn Marion is better than Andy and Wally.
Yes Andy has gotten MUCH better this year (I used to cringe as well whenever he touched the ball) and he is actually a major contributor to the team. and
Yes Wally is actually playing decently this year, with an emphasis on decent.

The real question is, how much does bringing in Marion mess with this team's chemistry?  They have been a well oiled machine of late.  I would say they have far better chemistry than the Lakers and can match the C's chemistry as well.  Is that something that the Cavs want to mess with?

Although I think they're doing great right now, and I love watching them play these days (compared to last year when I would change the channel when LeBron was on the bench).  I have noticed that their great record hasn't included win over any of the best teams.  They've pounded anyone in the bottom two tiers, and some in the top.  But, they haven't won any of the toughest games on their schedule;  losing to the Hornets, Celtics, Pistons and the Hawks.  They have traded with the Hawks and beaten a Nuggets team before they hit their stride, but management should be mindful of this going forward.  If this were to continue, I would say that Marion is probably needed to make a serious title run, however this is definetly a risky move since Marion hasn't been the same without the Suns.

Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 7:14 pm

Marion to Cavs makes sense ... but not now

I would take Marion over those two in a minute. Not that hard to figure out.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2008 6:53 pm
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Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2008 6:43 pm

Marion to Cavs makes sense ... but not now

Varejo is developing into a great player, and he is statistically solid as of late--not so much in scoring, but he is steadily increasing in rebound and had always had a knack for the Off. rebound.  Add his steals and hustle, I would hate to see him go.  Marion is a nice player, but his good days are in the past.  Andy is the future. 

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