Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Philadelphia 76ers and the Utah Jazz who are reportedly having trade talks involving point guard Kendall Marshall and center Tibor Pleiss.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, the Philadelphia 76ers will be sending guard Kendall Marshall to Utah Jazz for center Tibor Pleiss, two second-round picks, and cash. However, in another tweet, Woj revealed that the Jazz is planning to waive Marshall and the remainder of his guaranteed contract.
Despite being a 13th overall pick in 2012, Kendall Marshall failed to live up from expectations and did not develop into a reliable point guard. The Sixers currently have Jerryd Bayless, T.J. McConnell, and Sergio Rodriguez for the point guard position.
The 25-year-old guard has played for four NBA teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately, none of the teams succeeded to develop his career.
The move seems unusual, especially for the Utah Jazz. Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors believes that the cost-cutting move by the Jazz will be used to renegotiate and extend the contract of Derrick Favors.
According to Dana Gauruder of Hoops Rumors, the Jazz plans to lock up their starters, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, and George Hill. This could be one of the major reasons of trading Tibor Pleiss, who has guaranteed $3 million salaries in 2016-17.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired another center, Tibor Pleiss, making their frontcourt more crowded. However, they also get two second-round picks and cash as compensation for Kendall Marshall.
The 7-foot-3 center has failed to make a good impression in the Utah Jazz. The Sixers currently have Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Jahlil Okafor for the center position and all are starting calibers. Though one of the big men will be traded, Tibor Pleiss is still questionable to be given a playing time.
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