After the Sixers moved reserve point guard Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz in exchange for two future second round picks, cash, and center Tibor Pleiss, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Philadelphia was still evaluating whether or not to keep the German big man.
Seeing as how the have an abundant amount of front court players with no real resolution in sight, adding Pleiss to the roster didn’t make a ton of sense. The team has quickly realized that as well.
Prominent international basketball reporter David Pick reported Tuesday morning that Pleiss’s agent has informed teams that the Sixers plan on waiving the 26-year-old.
Tibor Pleiss' agent informed teams that Sixers indeed plan to waive the German center, according to source.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 30, 2016
Pleiss spent nine years overseas before joining the Jazz last season on a three year, $9 million deal. Philadelphia will be on the hook for his $3 million salary in 2016-17 (provided he isn’t claimed on waivers). Pleiss will be off the books at the end of the year, as his contract was non-guaranteed for the following season.
Philadelphia had plans to eat Kendall Marshall’s salary anyway (in hopes of getting closer to the cap floor), and by taking on an extra $900,000 in salary, they were able to acquire two draft selections and cash. This was one of Bryan Colangelo’s quieter offseason moves, but a solid one nonetheless.