Sixers Trade Kendall Marshall for Tibor Pleiss, Draft Picks
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Philadelphia 76ers have traded point guard Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz for Tibor Pleiss, two future second-round picks, and cash.
Marshall was on the second year of a four-year, $8 million contract signed last summer. All three remaining years on the contract are non-guaranteed.
With the addition of Jerryd Bayless and Sergio Rodriguez in the summer, along with the surprising play of rookie point guard T.J. McConnell last year, Marshall would have been in a fight to make the opening day roster.
In return the 76ers get Tibor Pleiss, a 7-foot-3 center from Germany who made his NBA debut last season after having played the previous five seasons in Europe. Pleiss played for Bamberg (German League), Vitoria (ACB), and Barcelona (ACB) in the years since being drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 31st overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.
Pleiss made 12 appearances for the Jazz last season, averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in just under 7 minutes per game. He averaged 12.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game in 28 appearances for the Idaho Stampede, the Jazz D-League affiliate.
Pleiss’ contract is fully guaranteed for this year at $3 million. He is owed $3.1 million next season, but only $500,000 of that is guaranteed. It becomes fully guaranteed if he is on the roster on July 15th, 2017.
For the Jazz, they get to clear $3 million off of their salary cap for this season, assuming Marshall is released before September 2nd, 2016, when his 2016-17 contract becomes guaranteed. The Sixers take on a guaranteed contract for this season, but get two second-round draft picks in return.
The Sixers have roughly $25 million in cap space, so Pleiss’ $3 million cap hit has little impact on the team’s flexibility.
With the Sixers’ depth at the center position, it is unlikely Pleiss is viewed as a long-term piece.
The Sixers will receive two 2017 second-round picks from Utah as part of the package. The Jazz currently own four second-round picks in 2017: Detroit, Golden State, New York, and their own. The Sixers will receive both the most favorable and least favorable of these selections, determined at the end of the season.
This story was updated at 12:18 pm to include verification of the second-round picks the Sixers will receive as part of the trade.