Kendall Marshall Waived by Lakers: Latest Details, Analysis and Reaction

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

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Updates from Saturday, July 19

ESPN's Marc Stein has an update on the Lakers' plan to re-sign Marshall:

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The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly waived point guard Kendall Marshall as the team bumps up against the salary cap and attempts to finalize its roster for the 2014-15 season.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news:

Marshall was set to make approximately $915,000 in 2014-15 if the Lakers picked up his team option, as per Spotrac.

The Los Angeles Times' Eric Pincus believes Marshall is the victim of a numbers game in this situation:

The 22-year-old floor general averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists per game in 2013-14. His excellent court vision and unselfish play were bright spots for the Lakers in a disappointing 27-55 campaign. 

CSN Houston's Adam Wexler pointed out the upside of Marshall's numbers:

He's an excellent passer, but deficiencies in other areas of the game made him expendable in this numbers game. Marshall shot just 41.1 percent from two-point range last season; his lack of explosiveness hindered his ability to finish plays at the rim.

Marshall's marginal athleticism also contributed to some poor performances on the defensive end of the court. The promising NBA Summer League play of rookie Jordan Clarkson may have also contributed to the Lakers waiving Marshall. Clarkson is a 6'5" combo guard with an excellent wingspan and offers a unique skill set to the Lakers.

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Heading into Summer League, Marshall had this to say (via ESPN's Dave McMenamin):

“I feel like I still have a lot to prove,” Marshall said of the summer league assignment. “For some reason, there’s always a reason why I’m successful or why I’m not successful. So I kind of need to put that doubt to rest and just go out there and prove I can play.” 

With the team set to see out the end of Steve Nash's contract and the newly acquired Jeremy Lin in the fold, it appears Marshall hasn't done enough to differentiate himself from the other players on the roster.

This is a risky move for the Lakers. Marshall showed that he can play big minutes last season, and his assist numbers could make him very attractive to teams looking for experience and depth at point guard. His prior contract was cheap enough that another team with even minimal cap space could pick him up for next season.

If Nash is unable to play due to the nerve damage in his back, it would leave the Lakers with Lin and the untested Clarkson leading the team down the court. The roster flux and penny-pinching moves do not bode well for fans of the purple and gold.