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Lakers waive Kendall Marshall, sign Xavier Henry to one year deal

Jul 18, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

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One of these moves will go over well, the other might add to the frustration of a Lakers’ fan base already fuming over the picking up of Carlos Boozer off the scrap heap….

The Lakers have waived fan favorite from last season Kendall Marshall.

However they are bringing back Xavier Henry on a one year deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news (the Lakers have confirmed the Marshall move).

By waiving Marshall the Lakers may have room to re-sign Ryan Kelly. If it came down to a choice between those two the Lakers made the right call.

We should talk about how Henry fits in the Lakers system… except they don’t have a coach or a system yet.

Both of these moves are in part about keeping the Lakers’ roster stocked with short-term deals that let them chase free agents next season.

Henry had his best season as a pro last year, although how much of that was numbers inflation from the free-flowing Mike D’Antoni offense remains to be seen. He averaged 10 points a game with a career best .511 true shooting percentage (close to the league average but a little below it) although a chunk of that came because he hit long twos better than he ever had in his career. That said last season was a leap forward for him up to decent rotation player level and he understandably wants to build on that. In whatever system the Lakers play.

Plus, maybe we will see more of this from Henry.

Marshall, a pass-first point guard, also looked better in D’Antoni’s offense because there was spacing and ball movement. However, at Summer League he is shooting 31.4 percent overall and 23.1 percent from three and that remains the issue — you can play off him and dare him to shoot. Marshall shot almost 40 percent from three last season but those numbers tailed off after a hot start that seems to have been an aberration. That said, if he clears waivers (and he very well might) the Lakers might re-sign him for the minimum.

  1. chicagosports2014 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Da Bulls!

    • yesser12 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Bulls seem to favor scoring pgs. Augustine and Nate were scoring guys, Hinrich is a mix, Jimmer didn’t play but was a scorer.

  2. antistratfordian - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Malt must be devastated.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      I was until I read we might bring him back for even cheaper…if I read that right. If not this was a stupid cut. And forget about Kelly if it means Marshall’s spot, we already have enough PFs for two teams! Last year it was all wings, this year they are trying to load up on PFs that aren’t big enough to slide to C.

      Still love all the moves thus far. We needed X back. We still got 0 SFs.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Yeah, I read they were thinking about bringing him back too. But, hey, Chalmers and Cole are still employed…

  3. loungefly74 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Would you say the Lakers are in the bottom 5 as far as worst current situation? I know certain teams can turn it around more quickly than others but who else is in really bad shape? Kings? Pelicans? Minny?

    • loubearkane - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Pelicans and Kings both on the upswing , Minny has a decent team on paper. NYK has a horrible situation now but next year some huge contracts expire. Brooklyn Nets probably have the worst situation. Deron Williams & Brook Lopez are under huge contracts and are injury prone. Joe Johnson makes 20+ M a year and no one will touch that contract. So they have little wiggle room to improve. Only hope is Morey NEEDING his “Big 3” and trading for an oft injured D-Will.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        oh yeah, the Nets. damn…i really thought they were going to be major contenders last year…that quickly disappeared. good call.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        NYK has a horrible situation? You mean the Nets? The Knicks are in a good situation to be a playoff team and potentially make noise, and the next two years will be able to make runs at some quality players.

        I missed where Anthony, healthy Stoudemire, Hardaway and now-healthy Smith and Bargnani is “horrible”, but somehow the Pelicans and Kings (the latter STUCK in cap hell) are on the “upswing” in the previous breath?

      • kd35usedthunder - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        @Mr. Wright 212 Literally nobody you listed plays defense. Stoudemire and Bargnani are quite possibly the worst defensive bigs in the league for how much they get paid. The Knicks may be incrementally better next year than last, but they currently are far from contenders.

    • patsmiley - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      I missed where Anthony, healthy Stoudemire, Hardaway and now-healthy Smith and Bargnani is “horrible”,

      that might be the definition of a horrible situation..

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      The Peli’s look good to go. I wouldn’t lump them in that mix.

  4. ecnuob51 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Marshall is a quality backup. He can go to any contender and provide an extra spark. As a laker fan I terribly disappointed in every single move made this offseason smh

    • themars211 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      So what moves should they have made in your opinion? Please be realistic if you answer. There is no quick fix and they are doing what they need to do at this point. Short term deals to maintain cap flexibility. Outside of Lebron or maybe Carmelo who was going to help bring us back to championship relevance? As a Lakers fan myself all I can advise you to do is chill its not the end of the world.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        Kobe might be right about something… if they don’t get the pieces they wanted it won’t be due to lack of effort. They’re trying. But in this case they’re dropping a guy they already had that some fans Laker fans really like.

      • whodey83 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Julius Randle is going to be a stud. Nice piece to start building around. Nobody else (besides LeBron or Melo) was worth throwing an exaggerated contract at.

      • ecnuob51 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        So you mean to tell me this time last year you weren’t saying the lakers should go after Lebron, melo or any of the other top free agents?
        No this time last year you were saying they shouldn’t go after them that they should ust to focus on short term deals to maintain cap flexibility huh.
        And this won’t happen but if they strike out next season as well are you gonna say the same thing? Oh they’re just waiting for next year and so on? Come on they could’ve very easily put themselves at least at the 8th seed and gone from there.

      • themars211 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        ecnuob51 – I didn’t say I was not on board with getting Lebron or Carmelo but seeing that they didn’t get either one. What would you want them to do now? They have to put a team on the court with actual players. Why would you screw up your flexibility going forward with long term contracts on guys that are not going to necessarily put you any closer to a championship. Especially with this CBA it seems like expiring contracts are great tools to have when you need to make a trade. What they have now are a few trade chips to help them acquire either draft picks or a player or too for someone that needs an expiring contract for their own cap flexibility. I mean was Kendall Marshall a player that would make a difference for us?

      • themars211 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        *two not too* i’m rambling lol

      • themars211 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        ecnuob51 – It seems like most Lakers fans are panicking and would rather be a middle road team. I personally don’t mind bottoming out. Its going to happen anyway. The worst place to be in sports is a middle of the road team, not good enough to win all and not bad enough to improve in the draft. Just treading water every year. A few examples are Trailblazers, Rockets, Phoenix, Hawks, Memphis…etc

      • ecnuob51 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        The mars. I get you. The premise of my argument is I wanted them to keep Marshall. They couldve kept on a short term cheap contract and have solid player. What pgs do they have now? He would’ve been a wonderful trade chip as well he plays the way he did last season. I didn’t want them to get Lebron and was iffy about melo but when you have at least a decent team free agents will be more willing to go to the team. If the lakers had signed a few quality players maybe melo would’ve decided to jump on board. Just like melo didn’t come if the lakers stay at the bottom players will keep being iffy about going. I say by 2016 the team will be fine. I watched a lot of laker games and besides young, Marshall was one of the fun players to watch. Just wish they would’ve kept him and signed a good sf

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        all this talk of trying…

        lakers fans said for a long time that were L.A.

        the city


        the weather

        money to be made off court

        we’re a destination

        what happened to all of those things?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        @ themars211


    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      I’d take him on the Knicks in an instant.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      I like Marshall but if it comes down to him and Ryan Kelly, keep the big man who can shoot the ball. Marshall is just not a quality shooter, even with his career bests last year he was average shooting it. He has good vision but it doesn’t make up for him not being able to be a threat shooting it.

      • unxpexted1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        don’t get me wrong the knock on him is shooting and athleticism, but he greatly improved his shooting from when he first came out. He shot 39% from 3 last year, which is pretty decent.

      • unxpexted1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Also, I think on our team, i’d rather have a PG than another undersized big. We have enought PF’s

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        He started out shooting very well but regressed back to his norm over the course of the season.

      • bdachan12 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        @unxpexted1 In the nba you need this thing called floor spacing. Lin is a 36% 3pt shooter. Bryant shoots at 33.5%. SF ? Maybe Turner 32% or Aminu 29%, Randle, Hill, Sacre, Davis, Boozer 0% 3pt shooting. League average is 37% and players are basically told to ignore anyone that shoots 30% or under. See the problem here?

      • unxpexted1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        And he did regress in his shooting as the year went on. that is true, but i think he brings more to the table then what Kelly does. If Kelly was a GREAT 3 point shooter, than cool, but he really was not that good shooting the ball last year, liability on defense, doesn’t get rebounds. Just dont see what there is to gain from him.

    • bdachan12 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Marshall seems like a good guy but he was a liability on offense and defense. I’ve honestly never seen a 22 year old point guard that moved and jumped like he was 40. Lakers need a big with range. Between Kelly and Marshall its a no-brainer.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    The Cavs don’t have a system, either. Your point?

    • ranfan12 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      they have a coach at least

  6. djshnooks - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Wow the Lakers have fallen far!!!

    Who are these bums?

    • ranfan12 - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      the same bums who had potential to win after whooping the cliippers on opening night, shame they couldn’t go farther

  7. 88heatnation - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    It seems as if the Lakers are just benefiting from a market standpoint so transparent it’s ridiculous. Jeremy Lin name alone will bring in more revenue and merch from the Asian community and a ratings boost as it did in HOU, Kobe and Nash despite the age will always raise ticket sales, Boozer will bring controversy with the shoe polish on his head, media coverage as he already did. Rookie will bring new hype and new lights for Laker fans. But as far as winning goes..

  8. sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    They’re rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic now…

  9. fordmandalay - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Seriously – has anyone actually even HEARD of these guys? For all I know these are just made-up names

  10. genericcommenter - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Was Marshall on more than a minimum deal to begin with? Wasn’t he an in-season scrap heap pickup?

  11. sdlakerfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    love me some Xavier Henry. Had some great games last yr before getting injured and one of the best dunks of the yr.

  12. urodaddy07 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    I think my Lakers will have a decent team that will be somewhere just above the 0.500 mark. and will miss the playoffs. They seem to have some decent young talent here, just not enough. Can we please just hire a coach already?

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      42 and 40?

      43 and 39?

      Their CEILING this coming season is 39 wins.

      Why? I’ve been saying they’ll only win 30 something games is why.

      Hey, a FULL 10 game improvement is a good thing, that would mean 37 wins for them.

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