In dire need of a natural point guard, the Los Angeles Lakers sign former first-round pick Kendall Marshall to a multi-year contract.
With the injury to point guards Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake, the Lakers are desperate for a floor general. After losing superstar Kobe Bryant who will miss the next six weeks with an injured left knee, L.A. certainly needs another body out there to handle the ball and set up the offense.
Although the North Carolina product was the 13th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, he struggled to find a home with the Phoenix Suns averaging just 14.6 minutes in 48 games in his rookie season. After being traded to the Washington Wizards along with Marcin Gortat, Shanon Brown and Malcom lee, he was immediately waived three days later.
Marshall has been spending this season in the NBA Development League with the Delaware 87ers, while averaging an impressive 19.4 points and 9.6 assists in seven games.
While the 22-year-old will not have a significant role with the Lakers, Marshall will earn minutes due to L.A.'s depleted backcourt. Though Farmar is expected to return on Christmas day against the Miami Heat, Blake and Nash will be out for quite a while.
Although Marshall hasn't lived up to those draft expectations, the 6-foot-4 point guard has the opportunity to work his way back into the NBA. Given that the Lakers have been tremendously successful with developing young players (think Jordan Hill, Earl Clark, Xavier Henry), hopefully Marshall can prove that he can be a solid point guard off the bench.Tags: Basketball, Christmas, injury, Jordan Farmar, Kendall Marshall, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA draft, point guard, season, Steve Blake, Steve Nash