Cavaliers sign Donyell Marshall

Okay, now I’m really excited. All the talk recently has been about which point guard the Cavs were going to spend their remaining cap room on, but instead the team has apparently decided that power forward Donyell Marshall is a better fit. Cleveland.com is reporting that the 6-9 Marshall has agreed to a four-year deal worth between $20 and $25 million. What makes this such a great signing? First, Marshall is a tough rebounder who pulled down nearly 10 boards a night for Chicago and Toronto in 2003 and 2004. Second, he’s a solid defender, averaging a block and a steal per game throughout his 10-year career. But the best thing is that Marshall can flat out shoot, hitting better than 40% of his three-point attempts the last three years and shooting 35% from beyond the arch over his career. He’ll instantly bring a defensive presence down low while also providing the Cavs with another potent scorer and, most importantly, a lethal three-point threat. Think the term “lethal” may be an overstatement? Marshall drained 12 of 19 three-point attempts (that’s not a typo — a DOZEN three-pointers) in a March 13th game against Philly last year and, despite not being a starter for the Raptors, Marshall ranked 13th in the NBA with 151 made three-pointers and 11th in the league with a .416 percentage from downtown. Yeah, this guy can shoot, plus he still managed nearly seven boards and a steal and a block a night despite only starting two games for the Raptors and playing 25 minutes per contest.

Of course, what this means for the Cavaliers’ vacant starting point guard slot remains to be seen, but we can expect to see Drew Gooden shipped out of town soon, most likely for a point guard. I would’ve liked to have seen Sarunas Jasikevicius in Cleveland next year but Marshall is a great fit as well. Plus, maybe Ferry can still figure out a way to fit Jasekevicius in once he unloads Gooden. We’ll see.

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