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Source: Bucks Attempted To Acquire Kendall Marshall For Several Weeks

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The Milwaukee Bucks were very interested in acquiring the fourth year point guard from the Sixers prior to Thursday's trade deadline.

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Sixers reserve point guard Kendall Marshall was a trade target of the Milwaukee Bucks for several weeks leading up until Thursday's trade deadline, a source familiar with the situation told Liberty Ballers.

The Bucks began conversations with the Sixers to acquire the 24-year-old point guard back in January, and at one point even offered Tyler Ennis in exchange for Marshall, but Philadelphia was not interested.

Marshall, who signed with the Sixers back in September, spent 28 games with the Bucks during the course of the 2014-15 season before tearing his ACL. He was then traded to the Phoenix Suns on trade deadline day last year before being waived the team.

Ennis spent one season at Syracuse before being selected 18th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks acquired Ennis in the same trade that sent Marshall to Phoenix, and he appeared in 25 games with the team last year. He's seen action in 24 games so far this season, averaging 2.5 points and 1.0 assists in just 8.7 minutes of action.

The source also said that the Bucks and Sixers re-engaged in talks for Marshall close to Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline and were close to a deal before Philadelphia backed out.

Marshall was expected to be the Sixers starting point guard this season, but he did not return from the ACL injury until December, and struggled to find his rhythm. He's currently the third point guard behind T.J. McConnell, and has appeared in just six games since Jan. 1.

The Sixers seem content with keeping Marshall for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, but his contract is non-guaranteed for the 2016-17 season. Considering how limited his role on the team is, it wouldn't be too much of a surprise if the two parties went different ways this summer.