Report: Kendall Marshall “on the trade block”
A report filed Monday evening by NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper claims Suns guard Kendall Marshall is on the trade block, citing “several league executives.”
Marshall, who is now stuck behind Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic for minutes, had 13 points and six assists Monday in the Suns’ Summer League game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He’ll also possibly face minutes competition from Archie Goodwin and Diante Garrett.
Here’s a short excerpt from the report:
“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.”
Of course, none of this is surprising following the Bledsoe trade. What will be more interesting is to see what kind of return, if any the Suns can get for the underachieving point guard, who was a lottery pick in 2012.
In fact, I’m REALLY curious to see what other deals may be in the works following that line by the second “executive.” It’s nothing new to see a new general manager come in and clean house, like Ryan McDonough has already begun doing with Lance Blanks‘ former guys. The Suns should have a roster that is wide open for anybody to make an offer on and maybe Marshall helps get a deal done.
What may make Marshall a tiny bit more appealing is the fact that he’s got a team option coming up after this year. Someone can take a chance on him and dump him if he doesn’t perform. Either way, chances that he’s a Sun beyond next year may be slim to none unless he takes a major step forward this year.