Kendall Marshall's time in Philadelphia is over, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Philadelphia is sending guard Kendall Marshall to Utah for Tibor Pleiss, two future second-round picks and cash, sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) August 26, 2016
Woj reports that the Sixers are moving Marshall to Utah in exchange for German center Tibor Pleiss, two second-picks (**HINKIE ALERT**), and cash. Utah is expected to cut Marshall, who has a non-guaranteed contract. The Sixers have essentially taken out Tibor Pleiss's contract in exchange for two second round picks.
The Jazz are planning to waive Marshall and remainder of his guaranteed contract, league sources tell @TheVertical. He'll become free agent.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) August 26, 2016
Tibor Pleiss has a $3 million guarantee for the 2016-17 season, which is no trouble for the Sixers to absorb into their cap space. As he would be the fifth string center on the team, it is very likely that the Sixers will cut him as well.
The trade ends Marshall's year in Philadelphia, a time that can only be described as a great disappointment. The Sixers signed Marshall at the end of free agency last year, in the hopes that his rehab would progress fairly quickly, and that he might be able to provide some stability at the point of attack for a team lacking in perimeter creation. Instead, Marshall remained inactive until December 11, and was hugely ineffective when he finally did see the court.
Marshall appeared in only 30 games last year, averaging 13 minutes, 3 points, 2 assists, and a turnover per game on 45% true shooting.
While his production on the court was sorely lacking, Marshall did provide a pleasant persona around the team. As a player less gifted, physically, than many of his peers, Marshall was always appreciative of the opportunity to play in the NBA and to live out his dream. Here's hoping he can find another home in the league.
For the Sixers, this is an obvious win as a trade. Colangelo picked up multiple assets for a player who was unlikely to see the court this year. We're now 3 months into his tenure, and Jerry's boy's decision-making has been sound as could be. He's beginning to deserve the benefit of the doubt as he continues the trajectory Hinkie put this team on 3 years ago.