Monday, August 31, 2015

Sixers interested in Kendall Marshall

The Sixers have expressed interest in free agent point guard Kendall Marshall, according to a source.

Marshall, 24, was a lottery pick in 2012, but has been unable to find a home in the league. His brief career has included stints with the Suns, Lakers, Bucks, and even the 76ers D-League affiliate, the 87ers.

The former Tar Heel suffered a torn right ACL in January while balling with the Bucks, but his recovery has been going well, and he plans to be ready for the start of training camp.

The move would make some sense for the Sixers, who need a point guard capable of spreading the ball around and knocking down open opportunities; both strong suits for Marshall, who set the all-time ACC record for assists in his sophomore season, and averaged 8.8 assists per game in 54 contests with the Lakers two years ago. At 6'4'', Marshall also has solid size for the point position.

Marshall's relatively slow lateral movement and defensive deficiencies could potentially be masked by the paint presence of Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and (eventually) Joel Embiid, making the potential fit with the Sixers for Marshall even snugger.

If he is indeed brought into camp with the Sixers, Marshall will have to compete for a spot against a decently deep, albiet not superbly talented crop of point guards including Tony Wroten, Isaiah Canaan, Scottie Wilbekin, and Pierre Jackson.

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