Of Ernie Grunfeld's many failures, I fear that releasing Kendall Marshall outright after the Gortat for Okafor trade is going to loom the largest over the next couple of years.
Kendall Marshall was the 13th pick in 2012 and based on his first start in Los Angeles tonight, he looks to be a far better player than anything we would likely get for the mid-first round pick that we gave up in the Gortat deal.
Certainly, there are mitigating factors-- 1) the Suns GM is an up-and-coming genius and didn't want him; 2) we had just locked-up the immortal Eric Maynor for two years (yay) and 3) Marshall certainly showed some holes in his game last year. Then again he was a rookie and it is stunning to see his progression in year two. Certainly he will have his ups and downs but tonight he showed superb handle, playmaking ability and court vision. I felt like I was watching the next Steve Nash!
I've not been one to pile-on the Ernie hatred but when moves seem so obvious to the average fan-- like not jumping to sign Maynor and not finding a way to fit in a promising player one year removed from the lottery-- it's time for a regime change. I'm so utterly disgusted right now.
Admittedly, I'm not familiar with the intricacies of the salary cap but aside from not signing Maynor in the first place (I don't post much but I'm on-record as being against it), I think I would have tried to find a way to release Singleton in order to accommodate Marshall.
I recall many posts questioning why we were dumping a player that filled a clear need. So what would you have done that Ernie didn't and how good do you think this kid is going to be?