On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato. Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
So now it’s Seth Greenberg. A year ago at this time, it was Adrian Wojnarowski promoting the theme that coaching Team USA in international competition gives Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski a huge recruiting advantage. Now, Greenberg – who ended his coaching career by being unable to escape mediocrity at Virginia Tech (one NCAA bid in nine seasons) – is repeating the same garbage, arguing that K’s power experience gives him a major recruiting advantage and “people would be happy if he just admitted it.” Sigh … I wish Greenberg had read my response to Wojnarowski last August. If he had, maybe he could have offered a counterargument based on the historical recruiting evidence. The fact is that Krzyzewski’s
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.” Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.