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Phoenix Suns: Can a Kendall Marshall Trade Realistically Happen?

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COMMENTARY | One doesn't need to have watched all of Kendall Marshall's rookie season to know he was a disappointment for the Phoenix Suns in 2012-13. Word has been put out that Marshall is on the trading block, but would shipping him off make any sense at this point?

Before thinking about what Marshall could bring in a trade, let's take a look at exactly what he is at this point.

At the University of North Carolina, Marshall was a pass-first point guard who put up decent assist totals. His 9.8 assists per game in his senior season is impressive, although that also came with 2.8 turnovers per game. That ratio would be fantastic at the pro level, but Marshall hasn't shown that ability just yet.

As a shooter, Marshall was barely serviceable. He shot 46.7 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from 3 and 69.6 percent from the free-throw line in his senior season.

Once Marshall hit the professional level, it became apparent that he was either unprepared, not good enough to succeed, or a bit of both. Marshall shot just 37.1 percent from the field, 31.5 percent from 3 and 57.1 percent from the free-throw line in his rookie season.

The Suns could have lived with that and chalked it up to a rookie trying to adjust, if he would have kept up his passing abilities from college. Instead, Marshall averaged 7.3 assists and 2.9 turnovers per-36 minutes.

Perhaps a larger issue was the fact that Marshall routinely slowed down the fastbreak, attempted to make ridiculously difficult passes, and generally didn't make his teammates better. So it sounds like a no-brainer to trade him, right?

As is generally the case, it depends on the offer. One would have to be living in a fantasy world to believe a team would give a valuable first-round pick for Marshall at this point. We're talking about a backup point guard with a 7.8 efficiency rating here.

A second-round pick is closer to reality, although the most likely scenario would be to package Marshall with any other trade that could occur. Marcin Gortat is a likely target, so any suitor who wanted to pick him up would have to take Marshall as well.

Financially, Marshall doesn't have much of a negative effect on the club. His rookie scale contract is affordable and even though Nate Robinson could have been had for the same $2.0 million, that wouldn't have made much sense, either.

Marshall isn't holding down other guards who would be getting time, either. Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, Archie Goodwin and Shannon Brown can take care of the guard spots.

The bottom line is that Marshall doesn't have a lot of value to other teams right now, and it's unlikely he gets moved unless someone really reaches and takes a gamble on him. The Suns aren't hindered by keeping him on the roster, but you can bet your house that Marshall will be a part of every single trade conversation from now until the trade deadline.

Michael Dunlap is an NBA credentialed writer who covers Phoenix Suns practices and games for the site he founded , HoopsHabit.com.

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