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Marshall Trade Talks Making Little Progress
Thursday, Feb. 18
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the Bucks are searching for ways to improve their guard depth and bringing back Marshall is an option. He noted there's been "no traction" in the discussions, however, at least so far.
Marshall spent the 2014-15 campaign with the Bucks. He averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 assists while playing a limited role (14.9 minutes per game) across 28 appearances, including three starts. His season came to an end in January due to a torn ACL, though.
Now recovered, he's played a similar role for the Sixers this season. He briefly moved into the starting lineup in December, but the front office acquired Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans a short time later and he's taken over that spot in the lineup.
The North Carolina product admitted some frustration at the time of his move back to the bench, per Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"It's not easy," Marshall said. "But it's part of being a professional. I've definitely been in this situation before. I know what it's like. At the end of day, I have to play better if I want to be on the court."
In turn, he's played just 14.3 minutes per game across 14 contests. He did shine during a brief seven-game stint in the D-League as part of his recovery. He averaged 19.4 points, 9.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds in those appearances, according to Real GM.
Those type of numbers, albeit against lesser competition, show the 24-year-old guard still has some untapped potential. That's why the rebuilding 76ers are seemingly hesitant to let him go despite his lesser role within the squad right now.
It doesn't sound like a deal with the Bucks, or any other team, is imminent at this stage. That could always change as the deadline draws closer if the offers for Marshall improve in the final hours.