As I been saying all pre-season Kendall Marshall needed to impress the coaches and front office if her wanted the franchise to extend the option of the second year floor general’s contract. That did not happen and it sounds, from a ESPN blog post, that the former North Carolina player is now headed to the nation’s capital to join the Washington Wizards as part of a trade.
The Wizards will get from the Phoenix Suns, along with Marshall, center piece Marcin Gortat, as well as guards Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee in return for the expiring contract of veteran center Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 1st round pick, which should not be below 12th slot, making it a lottery choice. And while no one would want to be traded after just one year, the reality is that if he hadn’t gone, Marshall might not have made the Suns’ roster (ESPN Insider Only post).
Not sure how much this is going to help Marshall overall, but the reality is that unless the point guard steps up his game it truly does not matter on which roster he is on, as said prior, some were saying he was not even fitting this season’s Suns plans. Maybe a change of scenery will do that, especially since the 22 year old is going back home, as the former UNC player is from Dumfries, Virginia.
Having been a lottery pick by Phoenix, 13th overall, last season Marshall has not been able to fit into the franchise’s plan, even spending part of the 2012-13 NBA season at the lower level. With a new staff and front office that fit became even less this pre-season, where 6’4″/195 lbs guard got few minutes in most of the games that he played in.
As the regular quickly approaches I will be keeping an eye on this story, as well as any other regarding former North Carolina players now playing at the next level.