Perhaps Shawn Marion to the Cleveland Cavaliers isn’t exactly a done deal just yet.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Marion had a face-to-face meeting with Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird. That’s kind of serious, you’d think.
ESPN sources say Shawn Marion had a face-to-face meeting earlier Monday with Pacers president Larry Bird
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 12, 2014
However, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still advised as the “favorites” to land the services of Marion.
Heading into Monday, Cavs were still regarded as frontrunners to land Marion, but invite from Larry Legend led to him making trip to Indy — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 12, 2014
It was reported late last week that the Marion to the Cavaliers was essentially a done deal. And it could still be. This could just be Marion doing his due diligence to the Pacers.
ROY HIBBERT EXCHANGE
At this point, Roy Hibbert has nearly more trade rumors linked to his name than the 7-footer had double-doubles in the NBA playoffs this past season. Yes, it’s gotten that bad on the Hibbert trade front.
This time, the Denver Nuggets are (potentially) entering the sweepstakes for his services.
The logistics would have to work like this: A straight-up trade wouldn’t work because of the 125-percent-plus-$100,000 rule in the collective bargaining agreement. McGee is scheduled to make $11.25 million next season, while Hibbert is due $14.9 million, meaning the trade would fall something like $800,000 short of being an NBA-compliant deal.
So, the Nuggets would have to add to it to make the deal work. And since the Pacers are suddenly in need of a starting-caliber small forward due to the recent unfortunate injury to Paul George, that would be a solid starting place for the Nuggets to add a player – or players – to the deal.
During the past few days, Hibbert has been linked to the Phoenix Suns and Detroit Pistons in addition to the Nuggets.