Mavs Champ Marion To Sign With Cavs

The Mavs and Shawn Marion long ago parted ways emotionally. Today they part ways officially with Marion's plan to join LeBron's Cavs.

While some Dallas Mavericks fans are still grappling with the question of why Shawn Marion couldn't find a way to stay here - a question asked and answered in detail by weeks ago - Marion long ago moved on mentally.

And now one of the heroes of the 2011 NBA title team has moved on physically as well, Marion having agreed to a vet's-minimum deal to join the Cavs.

This is a ring chase and good for Marion, who has never been one to rob himself of a good time. ... And playing alongside LeBron James will surely be that.

During exit interviews after the team's playoff ouster, he talked jubilantly about his offseason plans to visit Dubai, his wish to go to Brazil for the World Cup, his invitation to all to join him in Chicago for a Blackhawks game -- "Hockey at the United Center is the best sporting event you will ever see, I promise you!'' he said -- and his desire to live in both Dallas and Chicago in order to spend time with his new baby son, Shawn David Marion. (Not to be confused with daddy, who is Shawn Dwayne Marion.)
"I'm looking at maybe two, a couple of more (years of playing in the NBA),'' he said. "I think I'm going to have to call it after that. I think it'll be time. It's not all about basketball. I have a son now. A lot of it is predicated on him."

Usually, when a player approaches free agency -- especially a player with a Hall-of-Fame resume coming off a season in which he was paid $9.3 million -- a lot of things are predicated on money, too.

"Not much,'' 'Trix answered when asked about the money it would take to bring him back to Dallas.

Marion, 36, made it clear that championship contention means more to what he termed his "legacy'' that one final huge payday does.

He'll now make $1.4 mil - not much of a payday for a uniquely great talent. But it is a great payoff for a great Mav.
"(Dallas) is a great city,'' Marion said at season's end. "The fans here are amazing, even media guys are awesome. It's a great environment here. Mark and Donnie have built an amazing franchise here. It's like a family here. ... I would love to add to the ring I have. I'm going to retire here, regardless. I'm going to be a Dallas local here in the coming years. I'm going to make this my home."

Dallas will be the eventual and permanent home. Cleveland is now Shawn Marion's new and temporary home.

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