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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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