With their three point guards – Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar – and Kobe Bryant sidelined with different injuries that have no clear timetable on the return, Los Angeles Lakers needed to make a quick move.
The organization sought on the free agent market for a player that could be around for the long run, and they struck gold with the signing of Kendall Marshall, one of the best floor generals of last year’s draft class. Per team’s policy the terms of the deal weren’t revealed, but it has been reported that it is a multi-year contract.
Marshall was originally selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns in 2012, but the label to replace Steve Nash was ultimately too much and he couldn’t cut it. As a result, he was traded to the Washington Wizards this year, and after failing to produce he was sent to the D-League where his numbers were arguably better.
In 16 career NBA D-League games, Marshall has averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists per contest, showing he has the talent but that he needs to adjust better to the playing style of the NBA. While he might not be inserted to the starting lineup right away, Marshall’s arrival will definitely add some depth to the point guard position in a franchise that has been forced to employ shooters like Xavier Henry and Nick Young as PGs.
It’s not the sexiest move, but it could be one that ultimately impacts the franchise in the long run. Marshall had some solid numbers at the college level, and if he’s able to replicate that kind of production at the NBA level the Lakers are getting a pass-first guard that will be serviceable for years to come.