LAS VEGAS – The Suns have put Kendall Marshall on the trade block in hopes of getting some return on the 2012 lottery pick, several league executives told NBA.com, with Marshall at No. 3 on the point guard depth chart after moving to upgrade the position.
“He’s out there,” said a member of one personnel department, meaning Marshall is available.
“They’re trying to attach him to pretty much any deal that comes up,” another executive said here at Summer League. “If you want to talk about any of their players, they include him. He’s basically the price of admission to any trade right now.”
Marshall was the No. 13 pick a year ago by then-general manager Lance Blanks as the best passing point guard in the Draft. He averaged 14.6 minutes in 48 games behind Goran Dragic amid concerns about his shooting (37.1 percent as a rookie) and a lack of athleticism that is particularly exposed on defense. The Suns then explored taking a ball handler in the 2013 draft, bringing Michael Carter-Williams in for a pair of workouts, before selecting center Alex Len and then later acquiring veteran Eric Bledsoe in a trade from the Clippers.
“I wouldn’t say he’s available,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough, hired in May, said Monday. “Everybody has a price, right? It depends on what that price is. As you saw out there today, he’s been working very hard on his shot. He made a couple 3-pointers, made the game-tying shot. I think that’ll be the next step in Kendall’s development. He’s also worked very hard on his body. As you can probably tell, he’s in good shape now. He has the natural, innate passing ability to find guys.
“We view Bledsoe and Dragic as guards who can play together some. It’s not going to be Bledsoe or Dragic. Most of the time, it’s going to be Bledsoe and Dragic together. You need more than two, obviously. Those guys aren’t going to play 48 minutes, and I think Kendall’s shown he’d be pretty good in the backup role.”
Marshall had three of six shots, including three of five from beyond the arc, and had six assists without a turnover Monday as the Suns beat the Timberwolves 91-89 at Thomas & Mack Center.