Amid LeBron James returning to Cleveland, Carmelo Anthony staying in New York and Pau Gasol saying goodbye to the Lakers, there marks another scenario that did not go according to plan.
The Milwaukee Bucks were rewarded the contract of Kendall Marshall less than a week after the Lakers waived him, nullifying any chance for the the Lakers to re-sign him.
The Lakers let go of Marshall last week only because it would clear up cap space so they could sign Carlos Boozer and make room for Nick Young’s four-year, $21.5 million deal. Both Marshall and Lakers remained interested in staying together had he cleared waivers. But the Bucks did not wait to grab Marshall, who averaged eight points and 8.8 assists in 54 games last season after playing in the Development League.
The Lakers still have some depth in their backcourt, including Jeremy Lin, Steve Nash and Jordan Clarkson. But Marshall’s defection makes it possible the Lakers will try to acquire another point guard.
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