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Lakers Rumors: Team Planning On Keeping Point Guard Kendall Marshall


The future is uncertain to say the least for the Los Angeles Lakers with no clear indication as to which players will be returning outside of Kobe Bryant, Robert Sacre and Steve Nash.

One player that made quite an impression after being called up from the D-League is point guard Kendall Marshall. The North Carolina product called up after Kobe Bryant went down with the knee injury in December and instantly made an impact once he received some playing time.

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With Marshall proving his worth this past season, the team appears to be leaning toward keeping him around for another year according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:

With a team option of less than $1 million ($915,000), it is a no-brainer to retain Marshall moving forward. The point guard showed a remarkable ability to get his teammates involved this season while also becoming a threat from beyond the arc.

There’s no question Marshall still has areas of his game to work on moving forward, but there’s definitely reasons for optimism surrounding his future as he could become a very good player in this league with more time on the floor.

As for the rest of the point guards on the roster, Steve Nash will likely be retained rather than released. Jordan Farmar also appears to have a good chance of returning with the two-time NBA champion having a solid season in his first year back with the Lakers.
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    If We Plan On Getting Bledsoe Or Exum Why Have Marshall! We Will Then Have Nash,Marshall,Farmar &/or Exum or Eric

    • cj

      were not getting bledsoe so get that out of your head.

      we need pg depth. we dont have a top 10 pg so we need to fill our roster with solid options.

      it is very likely nash wont be on the team next year.

      we might not get exum. the lakers arnt going to lose a cheep option at pg to a chance at a player we might not even get.

      • LegendInMyMind

        Nash has said he plans on playing. So I think he’ll definitely have a roster spot. LA may choose not to resign either Farmar or Marshall, though, depending on whether or not they land Dante Exum. They may also look at Marcus Smart, though he’d likely draw as much or more heat than praise. Personally, I’d like to see them pick Noah Vonleh if Exum’s off the board.

        • cj

          i believe farmar and marshell will be back.

          • LegendInMyMind

            If the Lakers draft a Point Guard, you can bet that they’re not going to want 4 on the roster…

          • cj

            if nash is still on the roster at the start of camp having 4 pgs on the roster is almost a must because we cant count on nash.

          • LegendInMyMind

            Nah, not if Kobe’s healthy. You only really need two point guards, particularly if one is as highly paid as Steve Nash. In a jam, there’s always other players on the team who can run the point, like your shooting guards. Hell, most of the 1s in the league are natural 2s anyway…

        • comrade24

          People are all down on Marcus Smart just because of a single incident but he may be the real steal of the draft. Before that incident he was looking like he would go in the top 5. We don’t really know what happened there. I mean, it is Oklahoma, not known for being the most tolerant bunch. The guy could have been a Ted Nugent fan spouting all sorts of racist junk. I’m not saying that’s who we should draft, but i don’t think we should write him off just because of that.

          • LegendInMyMind

            I wouldn’t be opposed to it, personally, but he’d be a polarizing pick. Which is fine, honestly. Those sometimes make for the BEST picks. You just have to wonder whether he can handle the bright Hollywood lights from a mental and emotional perspective. Is he mature enough to be a productive part of a once great franchise’s rebuilding? For that role, I’m not sure he’d be ideal. I’d pick someone a little more level-headed. Seriously, ask yourself if you think a place like LA and a teammate like Kobe Bryant would be beneficial to a guy like Marcus Smart.

      • purplerain53

        The Lakers can sign UFA KYLE LOWRY for $ 7.5 mil per year, instead of keeping this piece of shit, even for $ 955,000.
        Lowry as a starter, with Farmar and Nash as back-ups is good enough. We also have K.Bryant,J.Meeks and K.Bazemore, who can play some minutes at the point in case of need.

        • LegendInMyMind

          A piece of shit that happens to be better than Jordan Farmar? And more reliable than either Farmar or Nash? If they draft a guard, then they don’t need to re-up Farmar. And even if they don’t, I really don’t think they’re looking to make that big a long term splash in free agency. The plan is to re-sign Gasol, hopefully, bring in a new head coach, likely, and fill out the roster with solid support in a way that still leaves them enough cap space to make a run at Kevin Love next off-season.

          I don’t think buying a point guard factors into that, especially when you have about $10M on Nash. Drafting one, however, just might. So unless they have a shot at Lebron, I wouldn’t expect any big impact expenditures in this free agency.

          • cj

            marshell is not a better player then farmar.

          • LegendInMyMind

            Better playmaker, younger, higher upside, and healthier this past season. Keeping Farmar over Marshall would not make much sense, as Marshall is a better value at this point in their respective careers.

        • cj

          got to agree with legend on most of what he said the lakers are going to be looking at saving money for love at this point they arnt going to sign on a bigger player unless hes name is lebron james.

          i also dont see lowry going for less then 9 mill.

          marshell is not a pice of shit he is one of the best true pgs in the league. + he is a young player with room to grow.

      • Jason Decker

        Exum is 6’6 and is a combo guard, which many feel is going to be more like a shooting guard, so there are times Kobe can slide to the 3 and Exum will play the 2

        • Chrmngblly

          I would rather slide Kobe to the 3 anyway so he doesn’t have to guard some of the quick guards in the league now days. I think it will help extend his career.

          Exum would be nice to have but even if not, we still have Meeks who has become very steady lately.

        • cj

          i never said i would not like exum. i just dont see him falling to 6 and if we are top 3 i would get embiid, parker, or wiggens before him. so i just dont see us being in the postion to draft him

    • LegendInMyMind

      Because Exum’s gonna be off the board by that point, likely to Utah, and signing Bledsoe would probably not factor in well to being in a financial position to get Kevin Love next offseason. So you’re looking at Nash/Marshall/Farmar, in all likelihood, at the 1. Unless the Lakers draft Marcus Smart, I think they’re gonna settle on Noah Vonleh, who’s a pretty good pick at #6.

      • cyborgspider

        Mmm, let’s not count chickens before they hatch, Lakers can still reach the top 3 (a 21.3% chance is still a chance).

        If Utah took him, that would really sting, considering that next-to-last game and how badly they tanked in that game. Maybe his agent can dissuade them or outright refuse to play. They already have a good young point guard (even though Exum can also be a SG).

        • LegendInMyMind

          Exum’s a Combo Guard, and a potentially rare talent. He’s not even done growing, and he’s already 6’6″. He’d be hard to pass up, even if you were needing something else at another position. I think you always have to seriously look at selecting the overall best available player, and Exum is arguably gonna be that.

          And there’s a 78.7% chance LA will be outside of the top 3. Whichever way the lotto goes, we’ll have a good idea of who’s going where.

          • Joseph Apohen

            The NBA is a guard oriented league and the Lakers had some great ones in the past without mentioning who they were/are. A player who plays outside is usually more fun to watch than those who station themselves under the basket. For example Nick Young, Westbrook, CP3, Irving, Wall, Bron, and Durant. They become the face (West, Magic, Kobe) of the franchise. So, if Exum is that good and has the potential to become the face of the franchise, by all means make the trade to get him.

          • LegendInMyMind

            And what would they be trading? Because I don’t think there’s a trade to be had. And if he’s off the board by that point, then what? Marcus Smart? Nah, I’d rather see Vonleh or Randle if they’re on the board, which they might be.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Mitch can package a deal if they really want Exum. I am not familiar with Vonleh and Smart who had a problem last season with a fan(?). Randle is okay although I don’t think he will be special.

          • LegendInMyMind

            Given their tradable assets, which consist of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Robert Sacre, there is no deal that moves them up the draft board. And trading future picks in order to do so is out of the question, as this is the deepest draft in years. All they could do is trade down, actually. There’s no deal to package. Kupchak’s a good GM, but he’s not a magician… LA simply has nothing to offer any of the 5 teams likely picking ahead of them.

          • Joseph Apohen

            That’s an unfortunate situarion. This mess as I said before started with the failed CP3 trade that Stern vetoed. It affected Gasol and Odom and it was downhill from there. But I trust we wil come up again.

          • LegendInMyMind

            Yeah, the CP3 trade hurt them, but they’ve been without an identity since Phil left, and that’s why they played so poorly and without chemistry last season, which of course led to the “Dwightmare”. Factor into that the fact that the last 2 coaching hires have been unsuccessful, a high risk high reward gamble on Steve Nash that didn’t pay dividends, and being one of the oldest and most injury riddled teams in the NBA, and you’re unlikely to thrive.

            These things happen. LA was never built for the future when they were making their last championship run. The CP3 trade would have been a big help, but the league wanted TWO marketable LA teams because $$$.

          • Joseph Apohen

            I cannot believe there are five worse teams in the league than the purple and gold!.

          • LegendInMyMind

            Tanking. The Lakers are probably the worst overall team in the league, honestly. It is sad, no doubt, but these things happen.

          • Chrmngblly

            I think you are right, Joe, Randle will have a rougher time in the NBA. I like Vonleh but would draft Embiid if any way possible.

          • LegendInMyMind

            Only way LA is in a position to land Embiid is if the medical reports come back with bad news. And if that’s the case, then he probably falls further than 6th.

          • Chrmngblly

            Or through the luck of the Irish…or the skill of Mitch. Would you be willing to wait a year for him to heal and rehab?

          • LegendInMyMind

            Ha, well I’m not a GM having to make that decision. But if it were up to me, I’d avoid big men with possible injury red flags. That always makes me a little nervous. Modern medicine means that these guys can come back as good as new, but it’s up to them. And then the injuries are still in their head, like with D Rose. They find themselves compensating instead of dominating. So I don’t know, I’d be more excited over their drafting Dante Exum than Joel Embiid, even though Exum’s likely to have a steep learning curve.

          • Chrmngblly

            They are both franchise-type players. We need help at the 5 so soon and so badly that if Embiid can recover, I would have to take him. There are no FAs available that can give us rim protection and rebounds. We lost so many games just for those reasons alone. Since you look Irish I am going to count on you to pull us through…:-)

          • LegendInMyMind

            Heh, well, LA has Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, and Robert Sacre on contract for next season. I believe that’s it. They need help at EVERY position. I personally think they’re gonna re-sign Pau Gasol. That’s mainly because of his chemistry with Kobe and willingness to involve his teammates. Kobe trusts Pau and gets him involved, Pau trusts his teammates. he’s kind of a “glue” player. And I think you’re underestimating his offensive rebounding and ability to alter shots with his length, even though he was consistently out of position.

            I also think they’re gonna re-sign Jodie Meeks, as long as his asking price isn’t too much. Jordan Hill is a high energy guy who can battle underneath for loose balls, rebounds, and alter/block shots. What the Lakers are going to have to settle with is team defense. Because it’s more than likely that Embiid is off the board by then. And if he’s not, then it means he’s damaged goods and you don’t want him. Damaged goods over Dante Exum simply because of his position? Lakers weren’t much better on D with Howard. And they can still go back to Chris Kaman as a primary option off the bench. When he actually gets playing time, he’s adequate on the defensive post.

          • Chrmngblly

            I love Gasol. I hope they grab him for the right price. Plus Meeks, Young, Bazemore and Marshall. Kaman is a shoe salesman. I want to see if Sacre can continue to grow.

      • J Taylor

        What happens when his agent cleverly tells all the teams that if drafted by a team that he doesn’t like, that he’ll stay in Australia for another 1-2 years?

        If it’s possible, don’t underestimate his agent’s ability to steer him to the Lakers, especially since he’s also Kobe’s agent.

        • Joseph Apohen

          That could happen. I rermember there was one who threatend to do just that although I cannot recall who it was.

        • LegendInMyMind

          Yeah, I know. And that could happen, but what if he takes a higher road than that and let’s things work out how they will. Rumors are that he’s not doing that.

      • Max Prime

        Exum’s gonna be a 2 in the NBA. He’s a natural 2.

        • LegendInMyMind

          On any hypothetical team with Kobe, he’d play the point. I actually think it would be nice to see him develop at that position, anyway. He’s got the skills to do it. But he is a combo guard type of player, and that typically pretty much just means a 2 playing at the 1.

        • cj

          when you have a combo type player you should allways start them at pg. pg is hard to learn and a huge learning curve but sg is easy because all you really have to do is score. starting a combo player at pg is what gets you superstars when they master both.

        • comrade24

          So is Russell Westbrook. The combo guard is the new point guard

  • cyborgspider

    Nash can’t be counted on to play more than a handful of games, he said so himself. He’ll be more of a mentor and play whenever he can, probably 20 games. Marshall will be a 3rd string point guard, and considering the Lakers injury history, he’ll eventually get some burn. I don’t think the Lakers are going after Bledsoe, he’ll be too pricey, and Exum is a combo guard who won’t be expected to contribute IF he’s drafted (they may very well go for a PF).

    If they do get Dante, he’s not going to start… I’d say 20 minutes a game while learning the ropes. Start him off slow, work him in, play some minutes at SG. Maybe at the trade deadline you can move some pieces around and finalize the PG rotation.

    • LegendInMyMind

      If he’s off the board by then, I think Noah Vonleh or Aaron Gordon would be a solid choice, especially if they’re planning on bringing back Pau, which they say they are. Kinda frees up Pau to stay in the post. And also, bringing back Pau Gasol likely means getting rid of Mike D’Antoni.

      • Joseph Apohen

        To bring back Pau I think MDA has to go. The bigs don’t like him and his small ball.

        • LegendInMyMind

          Kobe prefers a slower game, himself. And since they locked Kobe up for his final (presumably) 2 years, it makes sense to pair him with someone that he has chemistry with. Resigning Gasol is sort of important in getting Kobe back to playing at a high level. Kobe’s Kobe, but he needs teammates that he can trust. And he trusts Pau as much as he’s ever trusted anyone. Not saying a whole lot, but it’s something. A 2 year deal for Pau at his current market value would be more than fair.

          Saying that, I don’t think Kobe and the Lakers will get back to the Finals any time soon, though. I think that window has closed. Kobe isn’t the king of the mountain out west anymore. Durant has entered into “best player in the league” discussion. Kobe isn’t in that conversation anymore. And I don’t see a situation where they’re able to put together a team within a year or two that’s able to compete with the upper echelon of the conference. It just doesn’t happen in basketball.

          • Joseph Apohen

            I agree. In three years time I think we can compete at a high level again when we possibly have Love and maybe sign Durant when he becomes a FA. Hopefully with those two we can get Westbrook. If Gasol is signed and maybe for three years top, with Durant, LOve, and Westbrook in the lineup we should have an awesome team. This lineup of course is a big “IF”.

          • LegendInMyMind

            I’m more for a big 2 with solid support than a big 3 with a sh!t bench.

      • Max Prime

        Noah Vonleh is Elden Campbell and Aaron Gordon is a poor man’s Blake Griffin.

        • LegendInMyMind

          Noah Vonleh is touted as having a good work ethic and a high character. Unselfish individual. I can’t disagree on Aaron Gordon, except to say that has potential, and improvement will come as he matures.

        • Chrmngblly

          No, Gordon’s faster than Griffin and plays the 3 and has good defense and big ups.

    • Max Prime

      LMAO. Marshall is still a baby and is a special passer who’s only gonna get better. I believe Marshall will be a Hall of Famer one day. Compare his first year stats to Stockton, Nash, and Kidd. I mean this was really his rookie year because he didn’t get any playing time his first year. And he’s actually the same age as Shabazz Napier. All needs to do is develop a floater and improve his ft% which will improve his overall shooting and you have a star.

      • Chrmngblly

        Wow. I think so too. There is no one but Nash that sees the floor and passes like KM does. He is special. If you watched him at the end of the season, he started shooting a little floater off of either elbow right over the defense. I think he is learning from Nash.

        I just hope he has the drive to learn and grow over the summer from the guys he has around him right now, Nash and Kobe. He also ought to bulk-up some since he can’t speed-up any.

  • Jim213

    Trade bait for the future? Otherwise, seems that FO is giving major infuses to defense this season. There’s other pg’s that can be attained for cheap too.

    • cj

      this is his second year. hes a young player the lakers are smart to keep him and see how he improves

      • Jim213

        I’d give him a shot to make the cut during the tryouts (invite) to see if he shows progress but not sure how this relates to certain non guaranteed contract deadlines.

  • Daryl Peek

    Listening to Marshall talk in his exit interview he most definitely will have a shot at next season with the Lakers but will need to improve on decencies if he plans to stick.

    • J Taylor

      Can he stick around long enough to be another Jason Kidd?
      We will find out.
      Uber skilled passing PG’s with no offensive value, and weak defensive skills don’t cut it in today’s NBA. If he could find a way to stop Westbrook, Lowry, CP3, or Bledsoe, maybe… until then, he’s STILL just a D-league project.

      • Max Prime

        Can’t nobody stop those guys lol…they couldn’t stop themselves.

  • Kobe Will Get 6

    Hopefully we can get Exum, resign Farmar, and another backup point guard, so we won’t have to bring back Marshall. Marshall can get assist, but other than that, that’s it.

    • LegendInMyMind

      Kendall Marshall is a better passer than Jordan Farmar with a higher upside. He can also knock down the uncontested 3. I’m not sure that he wouldn’t be a better option on the bench than Farmar, and much of that has to do with Farmar’s injury issues.

      • Kobe Will Get 6

        Marshall is a great passer, don’t get me wrong and can somewhat can create his own shot, but I think we need a point guard who can do it all like a Rose, Irving, Curry, Paul, Westbrook, Rondo, Parker, Bledsoe, Lillard, etc, which brings me to my next point that Marshall is slow and isn’t known for his defense which means someone else would have to pick up the load which would hurt us especially in the playoffs. This is a new day and age where point guards have to be more athletic, a good shooter, quicker, and can at least be reliable on defense.

        Farmar, I like coming off the bench because he can get a shot up, he’s quick, and is reliable on defense. Sure, his injuries is a concern, but if he can remain healthy, I think he can be a pretty good back up for us.

        • Joseph Apohen

          As I said earlier, we have just to be satisfied with Farmar for now until we get Westbrook who is an animal in every way. To me he is the best pg out there. Then Jordan can be the backup. I like him coming off the bench as he and Swaggy are great together with Meeks. Hopefully the three gets resigned.

        • Max Prime

          In all honesty this is really Marshall’s first year. No PT his first year. and if you compare his first year stats to Stockton, Nash, Kidd and Parker you’ll find them very comparable.

      • Max Prime

        Farmar along with rose, westbrook, bledsoe are all high octane players with high injury probabilities. Plus their below average passers. they will ultimately have injury ridden careers.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Hopeflly we can get rid of Mike D’Antoni.You hate Kendall Marshall and i hate Mike D’Antoni.Fair trade off we both dislike a member of the Lakers but we are both true Lakers fans lol.Stop with who’s a real fan we are all fans or else we wouldn’t waste our time posting stuff on LN.

      • Kobe Will Get 6

        I wouldn’t say I hate Marshall, but I’m just not a fan of him going forward. MDA, I believe also should be let go, just unsure of who should replace him, maybe Kevin Ollie

  • Shannon

    This is terrible news. This is the beginning of us sucking for the next 2 – 3 years. How wonderful.

  • PlayerHaters

    This dude can pass thats for sure. If Marshall does get resigned he SHOULDNT take it for granted. Instead he should take the opportunity to PUT IN WORK during the offseason (especially on that inconsistent jumper of his). ample time in the weight room should be included in his workout schedule as well. As we all know the league’s PGs are becoming more and more athletic so while it is great that he’s a “pure” point guard (and understands the role of passing NOT scoring) he’s also an undersized player with limited strength which leaves him in a vulnerable position when defending the more athletic PGs. With that being said, its not something that an intense workout cant fix

  • bkayke24

    You guys are nuts. First of all Marshall ain’t slow. I seen him blow by players alllll the time. His defense can easily be developed cause he has the size and speed. Great passer not even 23 years old yet. Great size. Good shooter Witch can only get better. Lakers haven’t had a true pg since Magic. They just need someone to do their job and not try to do too much. Marshall is a great pick up. I loved when they picked him up out the D league. Ya’ll are sleeping on him.

    • J Taylor

      He can’t play defense, and his offense is very inconsistent. He had too many ZERO point games.
      But he has to learn to be a consistent offensive threat and play MUCH better defense before he can be a consideration for the B-team.
      Having said that, he is a great candidate to groom and develop through the D-Leagues.

    • Shannon

      Who have you ever seen him blow by? Marshall runs like an old lady, like it looks like it’s painful for him to run and like he has sandbags tied to his feet. It’s that pathetic. Good shooter? In what world? The man is terrible. Check his numbers. Farmar is quicker, more athletic, can get the same amount of assists and can actually score a basketball. He is not a true pg like Magic because Magic actually played defense and could score the ball.

      • Chrmngblly

        You guys need to pay more attention to the little things Marshall is starting to do lately. Have you noticed that little floater he’s been doing from the elbows right over the defense? That looks like he has been listening to Nash, if you ask me, another slow guard. I don’t know if I see KM making the all-stars right away, but the kid has rare skills. Think about it, do we need a gunner for a point guard once Kobe gets back? If we have Meeks at the 2 and Kobe at the 3 and Pau at the 5, then if swaggy plays some, we just don’t need any more gunners. I like his development.

  • J Taylor

    As he’s already under contract he’ll get an automatic invite to training camp. He seems like a guy who you keep around and stash in the D-League until he improves. – He needs to learn how to be a consistent scoring threat.

    Will he be on the roster in 1 year…. we can’t guarantee that. All we can say is that he deserves a look-see for next year’s squad.

  • ersliva

    smart move in keeping marshall

  • Andy L

    I can see FO are gunning for the championship with this move… Kobe must be hurling up things he’s never even eaten.

  • roscoe

    Looks like we will end up with the same team as last year, plus Kobe? I like Marshall off the bench, but need Lowry or Thomas, plus rim protection and rebounding at the 4 and 5.

  • Max Prime

    Marshall is a special passer. He’s only 22 and just has to develop a floater, 15 footer and increase his ft%. All can easily be done with reps. If you look at his stats vs. players like John Stockton, Steve Nash and Jason Kidd they’re first few years-there pretty comparable.

  • Max Prime

    All these high octane points ala-westbrook, rose, bledsoe will have short careers due to their dangerous playing style.

  • Max Prime

    In all honesty this is really Marshall’s first year. No PT his first year. and if you compare his first year stats to Stockton, Nash, Kidd and Parker you’ll find them very comparable…

  • Max Prime

    And Marshall is actually a month younger than Shabazz Napier.

  • Max Prime

    Marshall and Henry can be a deadly backcourt in the future. they’re both still just 22 years old. If im the Lakers I’m keeping both.

  • lakerfan

    Regardless of what most of you think, Lakers are going to go all in and try to assemble a team for another championship run for the next two season. So yes Trading the pick for Love is a big Probability. Picking up Melo/deng Resigning Pau,Young,Meeks,Bazemore, and maybe Hill.

  • Joseph Apohen

    Goodi idea to keep Marshall as he is inexpensive and already has some experience. However, don’t get rid of Farmar as he is better than Marshall, and with the uncertainty of Nash, we need him. There is talk about resigning Blake. For how much and how long? If we are going to be a young team, we don’t need him or maybe sign him for one year or two max.

  • LakersFan1953

    K.Marshall is one dimensional player and there was a reason why nobody has signed him. The Lakers took this guy, because Nash, Blake, Farmar and Kobe were all on the injured list. If Kupchak brings him back, that will show pretty much the direction we are going in the next 3-4 years and the majority of the fans will stop watching and attending Lakers games.
    There is one superstar in this years draft and he will be picked higher than his current seed of # 15. His name is Elfrid Payton from UL/Lafayette. Last year he played in the USA Team U-19 and won the gold medal in the Prague. He was selected as the MVP of the tournament. Many of the scouting reports about this kid are as he will be the best point guard in the NBA in 1-2 years.The Lakers can make sign & trade Pau Gasol and K.Marshall to get this guy. He will be our future star for more than a decade.

  • Jackal

    Slow footed KButter ain’t gonna cut it. We’re better off taking a chance on Russ Smith.

  • Kyla Grafton

    Sacre is truly amazing. Last pick in the second round. Just keeps getting better. Him and Marshall will lead us, along with Kobe, back to the top!

    • Andy L

      Ha ha ha! And then we sign Smush Parker aswell…

  • Max Prime

    If we should get Exum…He’s gonna be the future start of the Lakers. He’s the air apparent to Kobe. He’s not gonna play that much or have a huge roll immediately. Resign Gasol, Sign Beasley a healthy Kobe, an improved Sacre, Kelly and Marshall. Farmar, Henry and either Meeks or Young the rest we find out in training camp.

  • Max Prime

    with all this offense from Gasol, Beasley and Kobe we’re gonna need a defensive coach. on offense it’s pick and roll, pick and pop and ISO either Gasol, Kobe or Beasley depending on who has the weakest defender on them. The focus needs to be on defense. We must have different styles ready to go. man to man. a couple of zones, trap, press, blitz, double with front the passing lanes, double with shrink the paint. The Lakers played one style of defense all year. And that was straight up force baseline.

  • Delyce22

    Marshall won’t be on the Lakers after this year and his minutes will go way down with Kobe coming back. Plus they will either draft a PG or get one in FA so that also will limit Marshall’s minutes. He is a good back up PG but he is not a starting PG on a championship or contending team.

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