HoopsHype Kendall Marshall rumors

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The Lakers will likely exercise their team option on Marshall despite his weaknesses. It helps that Marshall’s non-guaranteed contract will cost a $915,242, far from the NBA’s average salary of $5.5 million. Los Angeles Daily News

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They also plan to keep Marshall, the 13th selection in the 2012 draft, whom they signed as a free agent a little more than three months ago. He averages 8.9 assists, but his shooting accuracy has dropped every month: 57.1% in four December games, 43.5% in January, 39.8% in February and 33.7% in March. The key for Marshall, 22, is his relatively inexpensive non-guaranteed contract — $915,243 next season in a league in which the average salary is about $5.5 million. Los Angeles Times

The Lakers have a team option to keep Marshall next season. "He's going to have to develop a grittiness like Andre Miller has developed," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He gives up a lot of foot speed but you've got to do it by angles and do it by anticipating. I think it's a little bit of playing a lot, which he has. Now, he's got to be able to put in that grit and determination. What he does, he does really well. He just can't have a day where you're not thinking real hard because you're not going to make it up with your physical speed. "Sometimes, your confidence leaves you when you sleepwalk a couple times and then you play real bad and you lose your confidence." Arizona Republic

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Kelly and Marshall were in rare agreement last month when they both ribbed Lakers teammate and onetime Syracuse standout Wesley Johnson after Orange Coach Jim Boeheim ran onto the court to protest an official's call near the end of a loss to Duke, resulting in his ejection. "They asked if I had ever seen him get emotional like that," Johnson said, "and I said, 'A little bit, but not that much.'" Los Angeles Times

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That doesn’t account for all the times Augustin simply beat Irving off the dribble, but he’s not alone. Just within the last three weeks, here are the point guards that have really hurt the Cavs: Denver’s Ty Lawson had 19 points and 11 assists (averages 18 ppg, 8.9 apg), Portland’s Damian Lillard had 28 points and 5 assists (averages 21.2 ppg, 5.8 apg), the Lakers’ Kendall Marshall had 10 points and 16 assists (averages 10.1 ppg, 9.1 apg), Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and 6 assists (averages 19.5 ppg, 6.3 apg), Utah rookie Trey Burke had 17 points and 6 assists (averages 13.5 ppg, 5.6 apg) and Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams had 33 points and 5 assists (17.5 ppg, 6.7 apg). Akron Beacon Journal

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Marshall said he has been encouraged by his North Carolina brethren, including Vince Carter, John Henson, Marvin Williams, and Harrison Barnes. They tell him he has NBA talent but needed the right avenue. His perseverance and patience appear to be paying dividends. “I feel a lot of people do go through [what I have] in their career, just not as early as I have,” Marshall said. “Most guys, the first team you were drafted by, you are usually with them two to three years. I know guys do go through it but usually not when you’re a rookie, 21 years old. “As a competitor, you keep a checklist of things in your head. All the people that doubted you or cut you or waived you. You want to go out there every day and not just prove to them or prove to yourself, but prove to the league that they made a mistake.” Boston Globe

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He was taken No. 13 overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2012 NBA draft but saw minimal playing time his rookie season and struggled when he did get on the floor. Shortly before the start of this season, he was traded to the Washington Wizards as part of a package headlined by Marcin Gortat and immediately cut. He played briefly in the NBA Development League before catching on with the Lakers when point guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar went down with injuries. "At first it was kind of a shock," Marshall told USA TODAY Sports. "I don't think anybody imagines that they'll be out of the league after one year. But once I got back on the court, working out, focusing on getting better, I was a lot more confident going into the D-League." USA Today Sports

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