Kendall Marshall is once again back in the National Basketball Association, this time in Tinsel Town, as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The point guard, taken 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Phoenix Suns, was averaging close to a double double in the Development League, scoring 19.7 points and 9.6 assists with the Delaware 87`ers, which is affiliated with the Philadelphia franchise.
By signing with the Lakers one thing is sure, Marshall is going to a team that definitely needs help at the position, with both Steve Blake and Steve Nash out right now, as well as having lost Kobe Bryant once again. How much time will the former North Carolina player get? That will depend on how well he does on the court. But without a doubt, if he can hold his own, the playing time is there for the taking.
Kendall Marshall was in Austin, Tex., with Delaware 87ers and catching a flight to Los Angeles tonight to join Lakers, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 20, 2013
From an article on Yahoo Sports it says that Marshall was in Texas when he got the news and would be on a flight to LA tonight. With the Lakers in action at home tomorrow tomorrow against the TimberWolves (10:30 p.m. EST) on ESPN, UNC fans might just get a chance to see the guard’s welcome back to the Association on television.
In a way this is what was supposed to happen when Marshall was drafted in `12 by the Suns, learning from veteran Steve Nash. Now the young man could just do that, even if the veteran is hurt, while fitting in quite well in the D’Antoni offense. Truth be told, for the Lakers, who are in need of bodies, whether or not the former Heels pans out for them long term is a lot less of a concern than filling up needed roles for the present.
In the end for Kendall Marshall, he has been given something that not all receive… a second chance. What he does with it we shall see, maybe starting from tomorrow night!