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 @KButter5
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.