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The Milwaukee Bucks were awarded the contract of Kendall Marshall after putting in a claim for the third year point guard who was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers two days ago.
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Marshall is now the third point guard on the Bucks roster, joining Brandon Knight and Nate Wolters. Ramon Sessions played point for the Bucks last season but is a free agent and not expected to return.
That fact that Marshall was available is a bit of a surprise considering his very hot stint with the Lakers last season after being picked up from the D-League. In 15 games in January, Marshall averaged 11.9 points, 11.5 assists and shot 44 percent from the 3 point line.
However, Marshall’s production and efficiency dipped dramatically after his great start: from 2/21 to the end of season, a period that spans 28 games, Marshall averaged 5.5 points per game and shot 34.1 percent from the field, 28.8 percent from behind the 3 point line and a horrid 44.4 from the free throw line. It also didn’t help Marshall’s case that as he was struggling in summer league play for the Lakers this year at the same time that 2nd round pick, point guard Jordan Clarkson, was playing magnificently.
It was reported that the Lakers were planning on bringing Marshall back if he cleared waivers, but that would have been very unlikely to have occurred with Marshall’s very affordable contract.
The Bucks will be Marshall’s third team in as many years and the 2nd time that he has been waived in his career. Marshall was previously waived following the trade in 2013 that sent him from the Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards who immediately waived him.