Cavs News: Shawn Marion Nearing Return to Action

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After having missed the past two weeks of action due to a left hip strain, Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Shawn Marion finally practiced with the team on Monday according to a report from ESPN.

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.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.