The fight to secure a spot in the Sixers jam-packed backcourt might have just become a little more interesting.
According to a report from Philadunkia's Michael Kaskey-Blomain, Philadelphia has expressed interest in former UNC point guard Kendall Marshall, who most recently played for the Milwaukee Bucks.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sixers?src=hash">#sixers</a> have expressed interest in free agent G Kendall Marshall, per source.</p>— Michael K-B (@therealmikekb) <a href="https://twitter.com/therealmikekb/status/638204411806908416">August 31, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Our own Jake Fischer was able to confirm the news, adding that he's been working out at PCOM over the past few days, and could be in line for a training camp invite.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kendall Marshall has been with the Sixers at PCOM the last few days, per a league source. A training camp invite looks on the horizon.</p>— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) <a href="https://twitter.com/JakeLFischer/status/639094514913816576">September 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The 24-year-old Marshall was the 13th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, but his time with the Phoenix Suns was short lived. They assigned him to the Bakersfield Jam (the Suns D-League affiliate) for almost half of his rookie season, and then traded him to the Washington Wizards as a part of the Marcin Gortat trade in October of 2013.
Washington cut him three days later, and Marshall then latched on with the Delaware 87ers, Philadelphia's D-League affiliate. His numbers in seven games with Delaware were off the charts, averaging 19.4 points, 9.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.9 steals a game, while shooting 46.3% from beyond the arc.
That was enough to earn him a contract with the injury ravaged Los Angeles Lakers for the remainder of the 2013-14 NBA season, where he put up the best numbers of his NBA career. He started 45 games, averaging 8.0 points and 8.8 assists in 29.0 minutes of action a night.
Los Angeles opted to waive him in July of 2014, and the Virginia native was picked up by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played in 28 games for the Bucks before tearing his ACL in January. He was then traded back to Phoenix at the trade deadline in a three-team deal involving the Sixers, but was subsequently waived.
Marshall wasn't necessarily fleet of foot prior to tearing his ACL, so his agility will be something to monitor if he does sign a deal with the Sixers. However, out of all the point guards Philadelphia signed this summer, Marshall is certainly the most proven.
We've petitioned for Philadelphia to sign him during the Lorenzo Brown I-95 shuttle bus days, so Marshall would certainly be a welcomed addition.
Signing Marshall would also bring the Sixers to the 20 player roster limit, with that figure including Jordan McRae and J.P. Tokoto.