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- Updated: March 9, 2015
Marion had been struggling for a month with hip trouble before taking time off to let the hip recover. Cavs head coach David Blatt said that Marion’s status will be assessed after a team practice in San Antonio on Wednesday. If he’s deemed healthy, he could see action in one of the team’s back-to-back Florida games against the Orlando Magic or Miami Heat on Sunday or Monday.
Blatt said, “Shawn is out on the court, which is a good sign. He’s still not ready. He’s definitely coming along in the process well.”
Marion, who had announced in January that he’d be retiring at the end of this season, is averaging career lows in points (4.9), rebounds (3.5) and minutes (20 per game). His spot in the team’s rotation has slowly diminished over the course of the campaign, picking up speed after the team’s trades with the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets.
Blatt gave no indication exactly how much time on the court Marion would get, saying, “His role is to be determined. That’s the best way to put it…We’re anxious to get him back.”
Cleveland plays in Dallas against the Mavericks on Tuesday night. Prior to the start of the game, Dallas will present a video tribute to Marion, who signed with the Cavaliers after playing five seasons with the Mavericks. During his second year there (2010-11), the team captured an NBA title.