Friday July 18th, 2014

The Los Angeles Lakers have released guard Kendall Marshall, reports Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The team is reportedly interested in bringing Marshall back if he clears waivers. 

Marshall had a breakout season in 2013-14. The former lottery pick out of UNC averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists per game while shooting 39.9 percent from three-point range. Marshall was traded from Phoenix, the team that selected him in the 2012 draft, to Washington last October as part of the Marcin Gortat trade. The Wizards immediately released Marshall, who was signed by the Lakers where he flourished in former coach Mike D'Antoni's system. 

Marshall's 8.8 assists per game would have tied John Wall and Ty Lawson for second in the NBA if he had played enough minutes to qualify. (Marshall played only 54 games with the Lakers.) Marshall was one of only two players last season, along with Stephen Curry, to average eight or more assists per game and shoot better than 39 percent on threes. 

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Prior to Marshall's release, the Lakers had a crowded backcourt after re-signing Nick Young and Xavier Henry and trading for Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin. L.A. is also expecting former All-Stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash back from injuries. 

- Alex Hampl 

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