In case you were wondering what Kendall Marshall was doing outside his social media habit, we now have an answer. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports the 13th overall pick of 2012 has turned down overseas offers and will put his name in the D-League waiver-wire.
Should a team pick him up early next week, Marshall would be able to play himself into a candidate to be called up to the NBA this season.
In 48 games last year, Marshall averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 37 percent from the floor for the Suns. He also averaged 9.3 points and 7.6s assist but shot just 31 percent in nine games with the D-League’s Bakersfield Jam. It might be obvious, then, why the draft pick of former Suns general manager Lance Blanks has had trouble finding a new team. After all, fellow former Suns rookie point guard Diante Garrett — who looked like a more NBA-ready player with Bakersfield — was signed to the Oklahoma City Thunder and after a stint there found another place with the Utah Jazz
“A lot of it is just repetition and confidence,” Marshall said of his shot. “When I shoot confidently it’s not a bad shot. Technically, the main thing I just want to focus on and remember is to get air on the ball and get it up in the air.”
First-year Suns coach Jeff Hornacek might beg to differ. At one point in the offseason, he said Marshall hadn’t improved his ability to get his shot up high, which would allow him to pull up for jumpers off pick-and-rolls.
Marshall was part of the trade that sent Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee to the Washington Wizards for Emeka Okafor and a protected first-round pick. The Wizards waived Lee, Brown and Marshall afterward, as Phoenix moved on with Ish Smith as the third-string guard behind the duo of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.
Marshall is the first of those three whose next basketball move has become public. He’s probably excited for his future.
Katy Perry got one of the hardest beats out right now. https://t.co/khGUUalnwD
— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) November 14, 2013