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Philadelphia 76ers trade Kendall Marshall to Utah Jazz for Tibor Pleiss, picks

The Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz have agreed on a trade that will send point guard Kendall Marshall to Utah in exchange for German 26-year-old center Tibor Pleiss, two future second-round picks and cash, according to a report by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The trade rids the 76ers of one of their five point guards while they acquire another young and promising big man. The young 4s and 5s on the Sixers now include: Pleiss, Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid. Someone has got to go eventually out of that bunch.

Pleiss was originally drafted by the Brooklyn Nets with the first pick of the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired his rights but Pleiss remained in Europe until last season when he signed with the Jazz.

Pleiss appeared in 12 games last season for Utah, averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.8 minutes. He spent most of the year in the D-League where he averaged 12.3 points and 10.4 rebounds a night.

Utah is stocked with many young big men as well, namely Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, whose contract renegotiation could be at the forefront of this deal seeing as the Jazz have already waived Marshall.

Marshall will become a free agent.

Besides this trade possibly leading to Favors signing an extension, it will be interesting to see as well if the 76ers are now more inclined to trade one of their big men, as if they weren’t already.

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