Apr 20, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) watches warmups before the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Factory Lines: Shawn Marion Cavs' Rumors Cool With News of Pacers Meeting, Plus Browns, Ohio State and One Old Baseball Player

Shawn Marion Cavs’ rumors reached a fever pitch last week, but apparently, meeting with the Cleveland brain trust wasn’t enough to convince him to sign, because on Monday, he took a meeting with the Indiana Pacers, according to Chris Sheridan.

Sheridan believes Atlanta would be the best fit for the former Maverick, but the Cavs could desperately use his services. Sheridan reported Aug. 7 that Marion was leaning toward the Cavs.

The Cavs can only offer Marion a $1.4 million salary after using its cap space elsewhere, mainly to bring back LeBron James. The Pacers meanwhile, have the $5.3 million Paul George injury exception to lure Marion to Indy.

Indiana would pay into the luxury tax if Larry Bird and company offer Marion more than $1.7 million.

It’s hard to believe a franchise that is guaranteed of not winning the title next season would want want to pay into the luxury tax for Marion’s services.

• Browns general manager Ray Farmer is expecting the NFL to rule on Josh Gordon’s appeal as early as this week, according to a story from USA Today Sports.

Gordon caught two balls for 32 yards in the Browns loss to the Lions Saturday night.

• Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is making his team write things down–and that might not be such a bad thing, via the WSJ.

• Is another perfect storm forming over Lake Erie that could vault the Indians into the postseason for the second straight season?

Fewer than half of the Indians (52-52) games will be against teams that currently have a winning record. Remember, the Indians were projected to finish 82-80 this season by Fan Graphs–and it will most likely take another magical finish or the Tribe to play in October.

• When he’s not getting shotouts from The MMQB, Corey Kluber is usually sitting suckers down with some nasty stuff.

Wahoo’s on First writer Kyle Downing broke down The Emotionless Robot’s rise to dominance in his latest post.

• Ray Hathaway, 97, is the second-oldest living man to have played Major League Baseball. This article from the Asheville Citizen Times catches up with Hathaway, who played in just four games with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945.

•Poor freshman linebacker Kyle Berger tore his ACL for the second time in a year. The first injury caused him to miss his entire senior season at Cleveland St. Ignatius. Now, he’ll sit out his freshman season with the Buckeyes.

Tags: Cleveland Browns Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Indians Mike Pettine Ohio State Buckeyes Shawn Marion

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