Kendall Marshall is rumored to be on the trading blocking by the Phoenix Suns.
The way Marshall has been playing during the summer, it’s not surprising the Suns want to dump him and it’s a wonder if there will be any takers.
Marshall needs to be reminded, if he hasn’t been already, that you’re supposed to be at your very best during Summer League basketball if you want to make sure your coaches give you a long look in the preseason, and a guaranteed roster spot for the regular season.
Marshall was last year’s first-round draft pick with the Suns and saw limited action. He needed to get a wake-up call going into the offseason and perhaps got it when the Suns drafted Archie Goodwin and also acquired Eric Bledsoe. It had to occur to Marshall that nothing is guaranteed in the NBA and he would have to work his tail off during the summer. It’s either that or be traded.
He also averaged only three points and three assists per game last season.
That’s why Marshall needed to avoid the type of performance he had Saturday against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Summer League. The Suns won 103-98 to improve to 5-0.
But Marshall had a lousy game at guard with a game-high five turnovers. He only scored six points and dished out two assists in 26 minutes of action.
Those five turnovers are five too many when one is trying to impress the Suns’ new coaches. Marshall is in major trouble right now unless he finishes the summer strong, or gets traded to a new team. Trading Marshall makes the most sense for the Suns right now.