The Bucks have officially obtained the rights to Kendall Marshall. Per the team’s press release:
The Milwaukee Bucks have been awarded the contract of guard Kendall Marshall (6-4, 195) on a waiver claim, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Marshall was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on July 18.
Appearing in 54 games for the Lakers in 2013-14, Marshall, 22, averaged 8.0 points, 8.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per contest. In his best stretch of the season in January, he tallied at least 10 assists and scored at least 10 points in five consecutive games. He ranked fifth in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.18) and shot a career-high 39.9 percent from the 3-point arc. Prior to being called up by the Lakers, Marshall appeared in seven games for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League and averaged 19.4 points, 9.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds.
Marshall has an unguaranteed contract for next season that would pay him $915,243.
Marshall isn’t a skilled athlete, but he is an excellent passer — the 8.8 assists with the Lakers came while playing 29 minutes per game. He is also a really good shooter with a slow release, so you’ll see him hoist his three-pointers from far behind the line just to get them off cleanly with a little bit of forward momentum toward the hoop.
Marshall played for two years at the University of North Carolina with Bucks forward John Henson, before they both left for the 2012 NBA Draft. Marshall was picked with the 13th overall pick by Phoenix before the Bucks nabbed Henson a pick later. In the first of his two collegiate seasons, Marshall, then a freshman, won the starting point guard job from Larry Drew, Jr., who was a junior at the time. Drew, Jr. then left UNC midseason while citing that he was doing what was best for his career, and if you’re looking for a good reason why the Bucks didn’t acquire Marshall last season when he was a free agent, that one is as good as any.
The Bucks are now tied via contract or draft pick or reported signing (Jerryd Bayless) to 17 players when the maximum contract size is just 15. That makes Chris Wright and his non-guaranteed contract a virtual certainty to be cut unless the Bucks swing him in as trade fodder to a team looking for another team looking to cut payroll.