Pleiss is finalizing a contract with the Turkish club Galatasaray Odeabank, international reporter David Pick reports.
Pleiss recently received a training camp invite from the Nets, but has now opted to go overseas on what is likely a guaranteed deal with Galatasaray. He spent his rookie season with the Jazz, but was unable to carve out a consistent role in the team's regular rotation and was eventually traded to the Sixers this offseason. Pleiss ended up being waived by the Sixers shortly after the trade and he'll now head back overseas for further development. It wouldn't be surprising if he attempted to return to the NBA later this season.
Pleiss was waived by the 76ers on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
After being acquired from the Jazz via trade, there seemed to be very little possibility that Pleiss would stay in Philadelphia given the team's frontcourt depth, as the 76ers took him on to acquire a pair of draft picks. He averaged just 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds during his rookie season with the Jazz, and the chances the center finds a home in the NBA this coming season look slim.
Pleiss is expected to be waived by the Sixers, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly reports.
Pleiss and two future second-round picks were just traded Friday from the Jazz in exchange for Kendall Marshall. With Marshall already waived by the Jazz on Friday, the trade was essentially for financial bookkeeping purposes. Even though Pleiss stands at an imposing 7-3, the German is now in danger of seeing his NBA career come to an end after one forgettable season in Utah where he made just 12 appearances.
Pleiss was a longshot to make the roster in Utah heading into the 2016-17 season with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert dominating the majority of minutes in the frontcourt, with several secondary options in Trey Lyles, Boris Diaw, and Joel Bolomboy providing depth. Pleiss only averaged seven minutes per game throughout the 2015-16 season with the Jazz, reeling in 1.3 rebounds and 2.0 points per game as well. The 76ers have plenty of young weapons such as first overall pick Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor so Pleiss' role could be limited given he makes the final roster.
Following an active offseason, the Jazz boast one of the more balanced top two units in the league, which already makes it difficult for Pleiss to challenge for major minutes in 2016-17 after he was used sparingly as a rookie. However, the team's recent decision to sign power forward/center Joel Bolomboy, the 52nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, could deal a knockout blow to Pleiss' hopes of even cracking the roster, as he no longer has an easy pathway to even the third-string center duties. Rudy Gobert and Boris Diaw seeming represent the top two options on the depth chart, while shot-blocking presence Jeff Withey already had the edge on the No. 3 center role heading into camp by virtue of his serviceable play a season ago. Along with those players, Trey Lyles, Derrick Favors and Bolomboy all offer the ability to play the position, lessening the need for the Jazz to carry the 7-foot-3 Pleiss as a developmental option. Pleiss' $3 million guaranteed contract for this season could make the Jazz think long and hard about cutting him, but the 25-year-old's underwhelming performance to date in practices and games might nullify any monetary concerns the team may have.
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