On Monday, NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper reported that Kendall Marshall was on the trading block for the Suns. SBNAtion’s Bright Side of the Sun also did an article with some analysis and a great picture.
Reportedly, Phoenix is trying to attach the 2012 lottery pick out of North Carolina to any deal. Cooper cited an NBA executive saying, “If you want to talk about any of their players, they include him. He’s basically the price of admission to any trade right now.”
But what does being on the trade block mean?
Over the years, it seems like it means the player is just available for trade. It can vary in degree from being open to the idea of trading a player, to actively seeking out trades involving the player.
When a new GM is hired though, they don’t have any investment or interest in the players accumulated by the prior regime. So, really most of the Phoenix roster is “on the trading block”.
Players NOT on the trading block because new GM McDonough had a hand in acquiring them:
- Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe (through trade)
- Alex Len, Archie Goodwin, and Alex Oriakhi (2013 draft)
Players NOT on the trading block for other reasons:
- Goran Dragic (too talented, a building block of the franchise, not going to be traded unless for a ridiculously good player)
- P.J. Tucker (bargain player, veteran, team just picked up his option)
- Shannon Brown (team just picked up his option to fill roster, mentor rookies, and for expiring contract)
EVERYONE ELSE is “on the trading block”, which includes
- Marcin Gortat
- Luis Scola
- Michael Beasley
- Markieff Morris
- Marcus Morris
- Channing Frye
- Malcolm Lee (will be waived at any time)
- Diante Garrett
- And last but not least, Kendall Marshall
I would say that Phoenix SHOULD NOT deal Marshall at all until around the February trade deadline. During the Vegas summer league he is making huge strides in all areas of his game. His passing is still on-point as always. He is slightly faster, better on defense, better shooting and seems less turnover prone.
There is no pressing need to trade Marshall since Suns management are giving the impression that Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe will mostly play together. That means that someone has to run the offense while they are resting. Marshall is better than Diante Garrett and Archie Goodwin is not yet 19, so Marshall is your best bet.
He can up his trade value and if he improves too much then keep him as an elite back-up point guard. Or if he gets ridiculously amazing, then trade Dragic for a top-notch small forward. There is no need to trade him now.