Did you think the Lakers had been busy enough this off season? They have re-signed Nick Young, Xavier Henry, Ryan Kelly, and Jordan Hill. They have signed Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer. They acquired Jeremy Lin. Somebody had to be the odd man out right? That man turns out to be former Tar Heel Kendall Marshall.
Marshall, who was playing under a non-guaranteed deal, was waived by the Lakers. They hope to have him clear waivers and then they would have worked out a new deal with him. Now, Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that Marshall will be claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Bucks, preventing him from rejoining the Lakers.
Marshall, the 6’3” point guard, will give a young Bucks team another option to use in the number one spot. He joins Brandon Knight and Nate Wolters at that spot. If he joins the Bucks, Marshall would reunite with former Tar Heel teammate John Henson. He would also be joining forces with second pick Jabari Parker.
Marshall proved his value with the Lakers last year as injuries sidelined Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar. He sported averages of 8 pts and 9 assists per game and was a reasonable three point shooter at almost 40%.
Marshall offers an option at the point guard who does not dominate the ball and can creatively find his teammates. Henson should be licking his chops at the pairing. Parker should also be aided, because Marshall won’t have any problem feeding Parker. The only knock on Marshall is his defense, though Milwaukee may be able to hide him next to the Greek Freak.
Another option might be a more situational approach that sees the Bucks use Marshall when games require more offense and the athletic Brandon Knight when defense is needed. New Coach Jason Kidd did show a little creativity with Shaun Livingston last year in Brooklyn, so maybe he’ll have something off his sleeve.