Unwanted in Dallas, Marion Apparently Headed to Indiana or Cleveland

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    DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks is pressured by Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center on November 24, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    The Mavs are done with Shawn Marion. But looks like the Pacers are just getting started.

    Marion, the do-it-all player with a Mavs’ championship ring, is no longer in Dallas’ plan in the wake of the acquisition of Chandler Parsons. But Marion met Monday with Pacers’ president Larry Bird as Indiana attempts to fill its void left by Paul George’s devastating injury.

    The Cavaliers, and born-again team savior LeBron James, are also courting Marion.

    A former All-Star with a ring, Marion obviously will want to play for a title contender. The Mavs will miss Marion, who did lots of dirty work and guarded every position other than center. They decided, however, that they needed more scoring from the small forward position, so enter Parsons.

    As weird as it’s going to be seeing Tyson Chandler back in a Mavs’ uniform next season, it’ll be just as strange seeing Marion return to American Airlines Center in the colors of Indiana or Cleveland.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.