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Shawn Marion is nearing a return for the Cavs

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The Cleveland Cavaliers used Shawn Marion a ton at the beginning of the season. There simply weren't any capable options at shooting guard, and while that isn't the ideal location for Marion at this point in his career, he performed admirably when pressed into the service. The trade for J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert has made his availability at shooting guard less important, but he's also a capable backup for LeBron James and can play some small ball power forward. He's been out for three weeks with a left hip strain, but according to Chris Haynes of cleveland.com, Marion could be nearing a return:

For the first time in three weeks, Cleveland Cavaliers' forward Shawn Marion could be in uniform tonight against the Orlando Magic.

Marion has been sidelined with a left hip strain he sustained sometime during the course of the season. It's something he says has gotten progressively worse over time.

Haynes speculates, and I agree with him, that it might be tough for Marion to immediately jump back into the rotation. James Jones has been a valuable floor spacer for the Cavs, who are really rolling. Coach David Blatt may not want to tinker with things. Still, Marion provides a bit more on the defensive end for a Cavs team that needs all the help it can get on that end. We will see.