The Sixers could use a point guard who can effectively get the ball into the post for guys like Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. They have a few PGs on the roster — Tony Wroten, Isaiah Canaan, Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin, T.J. McConnell — but none are particularly thrilling.
Enter Kendall Marshall.
He’s not thrilling either — particularly his shooting or the fact he’s coming off an ACL surgery — but Philadelphia sees him as a better option and is about to sign him to a deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Free-agent guard Kendall Marshall is finalizing a multiyear contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told Yahoo Sports….
Marshall has been rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Chapel Hill, N.C., over the past few months and worked out this past week for the 76ers in Philadelphia. Marshall is expected to return sometime in the first half of the upcoming season, league sources said.
The Sixers are still in the tanking/rebuilding/however-they-wish-to-define-it mode and so being patient to get a known quantity point guard until the second half of the season is not an issue.
Marshall is just 24 and could develop into a reliable point guard — he can dish the rock but has question marks just about everywhere elseAt least he can be a respectable trade chip for the Sixers, so the deal makes sense for them. Just don’t expect more wins because of it.
The 76ers have options at point guard – Tony Wroten, Isaiah Canaan, Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin, T.J. McConnell.
But none of them are great options.
So, Philadelphia is considering hedging its bets by bringing another point guard to training camp – Kendall Marshall.
Michael Kaskey-Blomain of Philadunkia:
Jake Fischer of Liberty Ballers:
Marshall played well for the Bucks last season before tearing his ACL in January. If healthy, he’s a good distributor, a fine backup.
That’ll do for the lowly 76ers, especially because Marshall’s pass-first style could help young players like Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas, Robert Covington and Jerami Grant develop.
It also doesn’t hurt that Marshall is just 24. The 76ers could buy low on him and hope he becomes a better player once they’re ready to win.
The 76ers put Pierre Jackson on their summer league team before signing him last summer, and Jackson experienced the nightmare scenario – a season-ending Achilles injury.
But Philadelphia still signed him to a partially guaranteed contract and then waived him.
A nice gesture? Yes. Jackson got $400,000 for last season when other teams might have just cut him loose.
Completely altruistic? No. The 76ers were so far below the salary floor, there was minimal cost – real and opportunity – in giving Jackson that money.
They also apparently bought themselves some good will.
Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
Jackson – a 5-foot-11 point guard – played well in the D-League two seasons ago. He should compete with Tony Wroten and Isaiah Canaan for playing time.
This deal is likely structured like the 76ers’ others for second-round picks, two guaranteed seasons (possibly slightly above the minimum) and two non-guaranteed seasons. This allows them to get a fantastic bargain if the player turns out or easily cut bait if he doesn’t.
Jackson, due to his height limitations, isn’t an elite prospect. But he has good burst and a solid deep-shooting stroke. For Philadelphia, this is a low-risk bet worth making.