Shawn Marion

Free-agent forward Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, reports ESPN.

Although the team can only offer him a minimum deal, the 36-year-old defensive specialist informed the team over the weekend that he intends to sign with them. The Indiana Pacers had been pursuing him, but the deciding factor was to play alongside LeBron James and immediately compete for a championship.

Marion spent the past five seasons with the Mavs and helped them win the first championship in franchise history in 2011 as a key role player who guarded players at four positions.