I had posted yesterday about former North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall being traded from the Phoenix Suns, who drafted him last season with the 13th overall pick, to the Washington Wizards. After reading a tweet by Jeff Goodman of ESPN (which you can see below), I am now posting that it is highly unlikely that the second year floor general will be playing in the National Basketball Association when the season begins in a few days, at least not with the franchise from the nation’s capital.
Kendall Marshall will be waived by the Wizards following trade from Suns, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 25, 2013
And while I do hate that main stream media people use the “source says” to report things, the reality is that the second year pro was not playing much with the Suns and when he was seeing some action he was not producing, at least not enough to satisfy the Suns. At first I thought that the trade could had been a good thing, but in the end, it was not, as it was just a move for the center pieces of the deal and the rest were just pawns.
Where the floor general will go from here is a mystery, probably even to him at this moment. The choices for the 6’4″/195 lbs guard are pretty simple: either a try out with some NBA franchise needing a back up point guard, checking if there is any interest in the over seas leagues or down with some NDBL squad.
What must be said about Marshall and his situation from lottery pick to unemployed is that this was not all his fault. He was drafted to learn under one of the best point guards in the NBA, Steve Nash. I doubt anyone was expecting Marshall to be anything more than the young apprentice to the Canadian star for his first couple of years, or until Nash was about to call it quits. Once the veteran left for Tinsel Town everything changed and Marshall was put in a place where he was not supposed to be in.
Add to that the fact that the Phoenix franchise overhauled itself, both in the front office and the coaching staff, acquiring Eric Bledsoe in the off-season as their man at the point, and Marshall went from being the future to basically being forgotten.
All in all, between his would be mentor leaving unexpectedly, a changing of the guard with the franchise that drafted him and his non performance on the court, Marshall needs a sort of time out and a major break in order to jump start his pro career once again. Not something easy to do, even when you are just 22 years old, but something that has to happen.