Although he had a productive season after looking like his NBA career was in jeopardy, the Los Angeles Lakers waived point guard Kendall Marshall. The Milwaukee Bucks jumped at the chance to land Marshall and claimed him off of waivers. The Bucks already have Brandon Knight and with Marshall in the fold, many have speculated it could end their pursuit of Phoenix Suns’ restricted free agent point guard Eric Bledsoe.
Although they claimed Marshall, the Bucks are still pursuing Bledsoe, according to Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors.
No, because the Bucks can just use some talent, period. I don’t think they’d be too worried about having two guys who can start at the point if they can swipe Bledsoe from the Suns. I’m still pretty confident that Bledsoe will be back in Phoenix for next season, but I don’t think the Bucks would pass on an opportunity to get him just because Marshall is there.
Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 47.7% from the field, 35.7% from beyond the arc and 77.2% from the free throw line last season. In his career, he’s put up 8.7 points, 3.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 44.5% from the field, 32.7% from three and 75.9% from the free throw line. After averaging 3.0 points and 3.0 assists during his rookie season, Marshall had a much better second season. In 54 games for the Lakers last season, he made 45 starts and played 29.0 minutes per game (as opposed to 14.6 in his first year). He averaged 8.0 points, 8.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 40.6% from the field, 39.9% from beyond the arc and 52.8% from the free throw line.