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Report: Bucks to claim Kendall Marshall off waivers, spoiling Lakers plans to re-sign him

Jul 19, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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The Lakers waived Kendall Marshall, who started at point guard for them 45 times last season. But it was a necessary maneuver to create the salary cap space to make some more pressing roster moves.

Besides, L.A. didn’t believe there would be a large demand for Marshall’s services, and the plan all along was to re-sign him to a more cap-friendly deal.

But at least one team sees the immediate value in adding Marshall, and they will reportedly be claiming him off of waivers, spoiling the Lakers plans.

From Marc Stein of

ESPN sources say Bucks will be claming Kendall Marshall off waivers as soon as possible, foiling Lakers’ plans of re-signing

In any event: Lakers had to waive Kendall Marshall to gain every inch of cap space they could & hoped to re-sign him had he cleared waivers

But Bucks are looking for passers and backcourt upgrades and will soon add KMarshall as newest guard alongside recent signed Jarryd Bayless

And Marshall’s reaction:

Bingo, I got action.

Marshall is a serviceable point guard at this stage of his career. He has excellent court vision and an above-average passing ability, and his shot seems to be improving over time.

In Milwaukee, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and now Jabari Parker in the fold, they could use players like Marshall who can distribute the ball and get it to the team’s athletic bigs in prime position to score. This is a smart pickup by the Bucks.

  1. spyder9669 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Suns fan here…Good for you Kendall. Didn’t work out in Phoenix..but the games he started in LA he averged near 10 dimes a game. He could continue to develop into a full time starter.

    • saint1997 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Andre Miller 2.0

  2. sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    As the article said…

    “The Lakers waived Kendall Marshall, who started at point guard for them 45 times last season. But it was a necessary maneuver to create the salary cap space to make some more pressing roster moves.”

    Wonder why they didn’t have enough cap space?

    Had someone else played for say $12 million, they would have had $11.5 million extra cap space this season.

    And they would have had an extra $13 million in cap space next season.

    Imagine if he played for the terribly low price of only $10 million a yr these two yrs…

    Yes you math wizards, that would have given the Lakers an extra $28.5 million in cap space total over the next two coming seasons.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      oops, hit post one comment too soon.

      But it’s OK, I don’t really think they could have put a better team on the court, to you know win, with only having another $28.5 million to spend on other players this yr and next so it’s all good… what they did.

      They’ll win just as many games this season as they would have had they had an extra $11.5 to $13.5 million of cap space to spend on other players this season.

    • musician0785 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      In all your Kobe bashing you fail to realize that if Nash was playing for his 10 million dollar salary there would be no need for Kendall Marshall…..but you’re a low hanging fruit kinda guy anyway..and hey when all else fails….blame Kobe….

      In San Antonio 10 mil is 10 mil and in California its only 5……So the 10 mil that Duncan is making he gets to keep…..the 23 or so that Kobe is making in real life is only 11.5…..but keep spewing this nonsense without actually thinking about it or applying any context to it

  3. jolink653 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Kobe’s deal is already hurting the Lakers, and the first $24 million season hasn’t even started yet. This is what happens when you overpay someone based on prior achievements. Fantastic work by Jimmy Buss

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      you’re a wise man sir. spot on.

    • djjeremiahj - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Tired argument…
      How does it “hurt” when the team had a chance to Sign Melo? and had hopes of Signing BOTH Melo and Lebron?

      Somehow everyone is worried about picking up 2nd tier pieces and bit characters when the front office is focused on superstars.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      I’m not sure how the Lakers will recover from the end of the Kendall Marshall era

  4. shadowgamesshades - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Why waive someone if you plan to re-sign him later? Jim Buss, at his finest.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      uh, there are $48.5 million reasons why this had to happen

      • shadowgamesshades - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        And all of them are the same reason: KOBE

      • ranfan12 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        The GM*

    • ranfan12 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      change up the plans and sign him for less or more, depending on the situation

  5. harshedmellow - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    If it hurts the Lakers, I love it. Bwa ha ha!

  6. dolphins4 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Great franchises like the Spurs sign a team full of really good team players instead of over spending for one really good player and have a bunch of scrubs around him.

    • fanofthegame1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Good franchises happen to get lucky and have the #1 pick when Tim Duncan is in the draft too!

      • csbanter - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        Spurs tanked in 1996-97 season to get Duncan 20-62 let’s not forget……………….

  7. nsideindy - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    “Spurs tanked in 1996-97 season to get Duncan 20-62 let’s not forget……………….”

    Riiiiiiight…because those lottery balls are so predictable. It couldn’t have had anything to do with David Robinson’s season ending injury.

    • djjeremiahj - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      No, the lottery isn’t predicable, but much like this year, the top 3 picks will end up with a very good player.

      The Spurs tanked to get a better player by the draft, and then got lucky that it was Duncan.

  8. charlescub80 - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    I didn’t know Tim Duncan was available in next years draft?!?! I wonder how kobe feels about tanking in this stage of his career?

  9. lakerade - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Good for you, Kendall. Go get ’em, best wishes for your game, it was fun to watch.

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Okay, now I’m PISSED.

  11. drewzducks - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Well it only took 40 years, but it looks like the Bucks finally got even for that Abdul-Jabbar trade.

  12. chiadam - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    One of the better players that no one talks about.

  13. genericcommenter - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Waiving a minimum salary guy to re-sign him again at a minimum salary saves cap room? Can someone enlighten me?

    • djjeremiahj - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Because all players from last year have a “cap hold” against the salary cap in the amount of last year’s salary. In this case,Marshall’s $900K is subtracted from the $63M cap and presumed to be resigned until he’s either waived, traded, or resigned.

      So they waived him so that his cap hold was erased. Then used that cap space to sign someone else (hill, young?) and then they hoped to resign him BACK at the veteran minimum.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Thank you for the clarification. I too was confused. Lakers really dropped the ball on this one. Cap hold on 1 million…oooooo!! Soooo muuuuch money to be saved! 😠

      • genericcommenter - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:08 AM


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