Kendall Marshall Waived by Lakers: Latest Details, Analysis and Reaction

Updates from Saturday, July 19

ESPN's Marc Stein has an update on the Lakers' plan to re-sign Marshall:

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The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly waived point guard Kendall Marshall as the team bumps up against the salary cap and attempts to finalize its roster for the 2014-15 season.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news:

Marshall was set to make approximately $915,000 in 2014-15 if the Lakers picked up his team option, as per Spotrac.

The Los Angeles Times' Eric Pincus believes Marshall is the victim of a numbers game in this situation:

The 22-year-old floor general averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists per game in 2013-14. His excellent court vision and unselfish play were bright spots for the Lakers in a disappointing 27-55 campaign. 

CSN Houston's Adam Wexler pointed out the upside of Marshall's numbers:

He's an excellent passer, but deficiencies in other areas of the game made him expendable in this numbers game. Marshall shot just 41.1 percent from two-point range last season; his lack of explosiveness hindered his ability to finish plays at the rim.

Marshall's marginal athleticism also contributed to some poor performances on the defensive end of the court. The promising NBA Summer League play of rookie Jordan Clarkson may have also contributed to the waiving of Marshall. Clarkson is a 6'5" combo guard with an excellent wingspan and offers a unique skill set to the Lakers.

Heading into Summer League, Marshall had this to say (via ESPN's Dave McMenamin):

“I feel like I still have a lot to prove,” Marshall said of the summer league assignment. “For some reason, there’s always a reason why I’m successful or why I’m not successful. So I kind of need to put that doubt to rest ...

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