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Kendall Marshall immediately waived by Utah Jazz; where to next?

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Just hours after a trade that sent Kendall Marshall from Philadelphia to Utah, the Jazz already waived him.

The trade that happened on Friday morning sent center Tibor Pleiss, two 2nd round draft picks, and cash considerations to the Sixers for Marshall’s services.

With teams shuffling the decks and trying to see how to get the most bang for their buck, the NBA is bound to see more of the these trade-and-waive deals as we approach the start of pre-season.

Marshall, who was the star point guard at North Carolina, has found himself in four different teams his first four seasons (Suns, Lakers, Bucks, Sixers).

His best year was in Los Angeles, where he started 45 of 54 games and scored 8 points with 8.8 assists and 1 steal per game.

The 6-foot-4 guard is an excellent passer with great instinct, can shoot the three when needed but lacks aggression and defensive dexterity.

The lack of development in his game can be largely attributed to the need for consistency, as he’s played for five coaches in four years.

Potential destinations:

A great landing spot for him could be the Houston Rockets, who only have four guards on their roster. A lot of Rockets like to shoot it, but there aren’t enough players to get the ball to them.

Marshall is no Steve Nash, but he’s been proven to be coachable and with his high basketball IQ, he’d fit right into Mike D’Antoni‘s fast-paced offense.

Don’t rule out a chance with the Portland Trailblazers, who could play Shabazz Napier at the off-guard with Allen Crabbe at the wing. They will likely need to move a contract or two to make room for Marshall.

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