The Indiana Pacers franchise has been reeling since Paul George broke his leg a week ago in the Team USA scrimmage. Since it is late in the offseason, they are unable to sign anyone that could help them this season. They should try to avoid making a desperate signing.
Right now, the only strength the Pacers have is up front. It is hard to believe that Roy Hibbert will fall apart like he did last season, and David West is one of the most underrated PFs in the game. Signing Shawn Marion isn’t what the team needs.
Marion met with Pacers’ executive Larry Bird today. After losing George and Lance Stephenson this offseason, they need to replenish some scoring. They are now missing their leader in points, assists, rebounds and steals. Marion only brings mediocre numbers to those stats.
Marion might be using this as leverage with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who he seems to be a better fit with. He spoke with them over a week ago.
Marion averaged 10.6 PPG and 6.3 RPG for the Dallas Maverick‘s last season. He was a key player in their 2010 championship team and he could be a key player for the right team. The Pacers need too much from him to be effective.
To a contender, Marion has plenty to offer. The Pacers aren’t going to be a contender this season. The team is looking to put a band-aid on a wound that is much larger than that. They lost too much in the offseason and they cannot replenish it with this signing. They need to look at the trade market if they want to compete this season. There isn’t anything on in free agency right now that will fix the Pacers.