The Lakers waived Kendall Marshall, who started at point guard for them 45 times last season. But it was a necessary maneuver to create the salary cap space to make some more pressing roster moves.
Besides, L.A. didn’t believe there would be a large demand for Marshall’s services, and the plan all along was to re-sign him to a more cap-friendly deal.
But at least one team sees the immediate value in adding Marshall, and they will reportedly be claiming him off of waivers, spoiling the Lakers plans.
From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
ESPN sources say Bucks will be claming Kendall Marshall off waivers as soon as possible, foiling Lakers’ plans of re-signing
In any event: Lakers had to waive Kendall Marshall to gain every inch of cap space they could & hoped to re-sign him had he cleared waivers
But Bucks are looking for passers and backcourt upgrades and will soon add KMarshall as newest guard alongside recent signed Jarryd Bayless
And Marshall’s reaction:
Bingo, I got action.
Marshall is a serviceable point guard at this stage of his career. He has excellent court vision and an above-average passing ability, and his shot seems to be improving over time.
In Milwaukee, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and now Jabari Parker in the fold, they could use players like Marshall who can distribute the ball and get it to the team’s athletic bigs in prime position to score. This is a smart pickup by the Bucks.
Chris Paul broke his finger Saturday.
The initial diagnosis said the injury wasn’t serious.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:
Paul obviously wouldn’t push it during the preseason. If the Clippers are allowing him to play, this can’t be bad.
Really, the most challenging aspect to this is grasping the concept that a broke finger can be a minor injury.
Brad Stevens has a big challenge this year – sorting the Celtics’ deep roster of similarly able players.
It seems that process is shaking out at power forward and center.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:
it appears Boston’s first four bigs will be starters David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk off the bench.
That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger, potentially on the outside looking in as far as the regular rotation is concerned.
Lee is the best passer of the bunch, which could partially explain why he’s starting. Boston’s most likely starting point guard, Marcus Smart, is still growing into the role of the lead ball-handler at the NBA level. Lee and presumptive starting shooting guard Avery Bradley can take some pressure off him.
Olynyk can space the floor for Isaiah Thomas-Johnson pick-and-rolls with the reserves and run pick-and-pops with Thomas himself.
I’m a little surprised Zeller is starting over Johnson, though. The Celtics just signed Johnson to a $12 million salary, and I thought they’d rely on his defense to set a tone early. Like Johnson, Zeller is a quality pick-and-roll finisher who can thrive with Thomas.
This is particularly bad news for Sullinger, who – barring a surprising contract extension – is entering a contract year. It seems those reports of offseason conditioning haven’t yet paid off. Jerebko’s deal also isn’t guaranteed beyond this season, but at least he has already gotten his mid-sized payday. Sullinger is still on his rookie-scale contract.