Sources: Suns’ Marshall On The Block

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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.

12 Comments

  1. chitown says:

    I think the Magic and Sixers should look into Marshall. The Magic need a backup to Jameer Nelson. Marshall is young so he could easily fit into Rob Hennigan’s young rebuilding team. The Sixers only have Michael-Carter Williams as a point guard. They are thin at the position especially after trading Jrue Holiday. He could be a good pickup for them.

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  3. CharlotteLove says:

    The bobcats should acquire him. They could have Marshal be the point and shift walker to sg. That way Henderson can be a guy coming off the bench to spell Kidd and Walker.

  4. Lakers4life says:

    Nooo…. C’mon dont give up on him.

  5. Canadian fan says:

    I think he just needs a little bit more time. Not giving him minutes won’t do anything.

  6. chris says:

    toronto raptors get him

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  10. Kaz says:

    The Knicks should try and get him, he could be a reliable point guard of the future for the Knicks but just don’t know if they can make any moves for him….would be a great young addition

  11. Vegas Baby says:

    Don’t give up on Marshall 2 quick! He’s starting to get it out there, be careful Suns you may have a late bloomer in Marshall.

  12. Juan says:

    Good. The less reminders to the terrible reign of terror Lance Blanks put forth on the Suns the better.