Add another player to the Los Angeles Lakers’ reclamation project.
After today’s devastating news that Kobe Bryant will be out for six weeks due to a fracture in his left knee, the Lakers have signed point guard Kendall Mashall, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
[pullquote]Desperate to replenish their guard depth, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with former NBA lottery pick Kendall Marshall, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
After leaving North Carolina after his sophomore season, Marshall played the 2012-13 season with the Phoenix Suns before getting traded in October to the Washington Wizards, who released him. Marshall, who is 6-foot-4, has shown significant improvement in the D-League with Delaware, and has been on the radar of several NBA teams searching for a young point guard to develop.[/pullquote]
Given the circumstances, I love this move.
The Lakers’ season isn’t going anywhere fast right now, and so the team has signed a player in his second year who was taken with the 13th overall pick in 2012. Seeing as the Lakers are without a point guard right now, it will give the team some time to perhaps give Marshall the reins with the possibility of developing him into a nice player.
Marshall has been playing in the D-League where’s he’s averaged 19.7 points and 9.6 assists per game.