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Report: Suns put Kendall Marshall on the trade block

Jul 15, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

Kendall Marshall

The Suns brought in a new GM this offseason in Ryan McDonough, who has already begun to put his stamp on the team with a couple of critical moves.

The hiring of Jeff Hornacek as head coach seems to be a solid choice at this early stage of things, and the trade to get Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers was one that several teams around the league were trying to pull off in order to obtain the dynamic young guard’s services.

There may be more moves on the horizon in Phoenix to try to quickly correct the mistakes incurred by the previous regime, and the latest reports say that moving Kendall Marshall, whom the team selected with the 13th overall pick in last year’s draft, may be at the top of that list.

From Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com:

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 depth chart at point guard at 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.”

“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.”

It’s important to remember that any good general manager will have a constant and continuous dialogue with others in the league who are in the same position, and that just because a player’s name is mentioned in the early stages of any trade discussions, that doesn’t mean that he’s necessarily on his way out of any particular situation.

What we do know is that the newly-acquired Bledose will almost certainly be in the starting lineup for the Suns alongside Goran Dragic in the backcourt. That would relegate Marshall to backup minutes at best, so if another team has a bigger place for Marshall available in its rotation, including him in a deal might make some sense.

It’s worth noting that Hornacek likes some of what Marshall is able to do at the point guard position, and Marshall looked good in the team’s first Summer League game on Saturday, showing no signs of weakness in terms of initiating the uptempo offense that Phoenix plans to run under its new head coach this season.

But if there are assets to be had in return for a player that new management isn’t yet sold on, then the Suns, like any well-run team, will certainly explore those options.

  1. adoombray - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    He really WAS that bad. Look, I am a loyal Suns fan and I watched most of their games last year, getting a little spotty after the Alvin Gentry Massacre. I wanted to believe in the guy, and they spent all last year selling him to us……… along with the TWINNING nonsense with the Morris brothers which just insulted our intelligence but I digress… Marshall is really bad. Wide open, nobody within 5 feet of him any direction and he passes because he looked TERRIFIED. He has a Darko Milicic / DeAndre Jordan class jumper. A deer in headlights would look at Marshall and be like “I’m scared, but I’m not THAT scared.” There is a problem when your first round pick gets sent to the D League, and it’s not like he was some late 20’s glorified second rounder, he was 13 overall, that should at least get you a role player. Dragic has a limited ceiling, but Bledsoe is a guy that rallied the fanbase and between Bledsoe and Len it’s been a nice offseason for Suns fans. Anything that puts distance between last years debacle and the future is welcomed.

  2. sportsfan18 - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    I’ll offer you my two slices of day old leftover pizza for him, but you’ll still have to give me 3 future 1st round picks to take him off your hands…

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      Sorry folks, but his PER last year was only 7.8. Everyone was ragging on Austin Rivers and he did have one of the worst rookie seasons ever with a PER of 5.9.

      Marshall only shot .371 from the field. He shot .315% from 3 pt range.
      Rivers only shot .372% from the field. He shot .326% from 3 pt range.

      Marshall shot .571% from the free throw line.
      Rivers shot .546% from the free throw line.

      Marshall scored 3.0 pts per game.
      Rivers scored 6.2 pts per game.

      They played diff amounts of min’s so even adjusting their min’s and basing their scoring off of 36 min’s per court time, then they scored the following per 36 min’s of floor action:

      Marshall 7.3 pts per 36 min’s of court time
      Rivers 9.6 pts per 36 min’s of court time

      Rivers sucks and so does Marshall.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Sooo, if they plan on starting BOTH Bledsoe and Dragic, wouldn’t that mean that there are plenty of backup PG min. available? Wasn’t like he was going to start anyways. I think Dragic is on the way out too, along with Gortat. Only a couple things have to happen…Bledsoe has to be as good as his hype as a starter, and Len just can’t be a total bust.

    • adoombray - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:38 AM

      Marshall’s and Dragic’s contract are the same. 4 year deals but Dragic is fully guaranteed and Marshall is on the 2+1+1. He’s on the block, but I doubt they are actively-shopping-towards-waivering him. Gortat though, I’m with you. Value will never be higher than now and he’s not happy with rebuilding, which you can figure out if you know how to read polish and know how to use google

  4. patfic15 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Good. He wouldn’t pass it to me at all in the rookie showcase on 2k13. Well guess what Kendall? I still went 9th after dropping 18-5-8. Lol. And I’m still with my team! Lol.

  5. dopekidz83 - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    He’ll be included in a trade centered around Gortat or Scola. Now if they could only find a way to get rid of Beasley’s contract….

  6. jrebar88 - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    He shouldve stayed at UNC for another year, smh. I want to see him succeed but this should be a lesson for the college kids.

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