There are several NBA teams interested in signing free agent small forward Shawn Marion, with the Los Angeles Clippers being the latest organization to come forward. Of all the teams that have emerged as suitors for Marion, the Clippers seem to be the best fit for the 36-year-old.
The Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat are the frontrunners along with Los Angeles to land Marion. It appears no team has the upper hand as the veteran is not exactly sure where he wants to sign. However, it was noted that he will only sign with a team that he believes can contend for a championship in 2014-15.
“What I came away with is he’s undecided where he wants to play or what he wants to do,” Pacers president Larry Bird said, according to CBS Sports. “But he did say that he would like to be on a contender and try to win a championship. I know he’s talked to Cleveland. We didn’t talk about Cleveland but I know he’s been there. And I don’t know who else he’s talked to.”
The Cavaliers are clearly the favorites to sign Marion for the simple reason that they have already put together a championship-caliber team with the addition of LeBron James via free agency and Kevin Love via a trade at the end of the month. More importantly, Cleveland knows he has the potential to be a huge help in getting them to reach the NBA Finals.
With that said, Los Angeles might be an even better fit for him. Marion will have an important role with the Clippers, a team that is expected to be one of the favorites in the Western Conference next season. Most teams would use someone his age as a player who will play a small role off the bench. Los Angeles will need him to have success every time he steps on the court if they want to win. There is no player on the Clippers current roster that boasts the outstanding defensive skills that he can supply. Likewise, he is an incredibly versatile player who can put up points in bunches.
If Marion wants that guaranteed ring, the Cavaliers are the best bet for obvious reasons. However, there is plenty of reason to believe the Clippers will be in it at the end, which certainly has to intrigue him.