Tibor Pleiss, the 7'3" German center cut by the 76ers last week, has decided to sign with Galatasaray of Turkey, bypassing a chance to work out and possibly sign with Brooklyn, according to a league source.
Earlier Sunday, there was speculation in Europe that Pleiss, cut by the 76ers last week, was headed to Nets training camp in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn, I'm hearing, invited Tibor Pleiss to camp. Nets assistant Chris Fleming is coach of the German national-team.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) September 11, 2016
DPA, the German news agency, reported Saturday that Pleiss, who left the German team Saturday, was coming to the U.S. for workouts with two NBA teams. A German newspaper speculated that Pleiss was headed to Brooklyn.
But on Sunday, there were new reports: Pleiss was headed to Turkey...
Tibor Pleiss update: sources said Galatasaray is finalizing deal to bring in the German center over soon-to-be retired Nenad Krstic.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) September 11, 2016
The league source confirmed Pleiss change in plans. "Correct," he said when asked if Pleiss would sign in Turkey. Pleiss will reportedly be paid $1.2 million in Turkey. He had no guarantee with the Nets, simply an invite to a workout.
Pleiss abruptly left Germany before the national team played Denmark in the FIBA Europe Qualifying Tournament, losing in triple overtime Saturday night. He said his professional career came first and he wanted to continue to play in the NBA.
Pleiss is the latest player to abandon Chris Fleming's squad. Dirk Nowitzki retired from international play earlier this year and Dennis Schroder, the Hawks point guard, decided to focus on his NBA career this summer after being named the starter in Atlanta.
At 7'3", Pleiss is a traditional European center, with low post moves, a hook shot, some range and passing skills.
Pleiss was originally drafted in 2010 at age 21, with a pick held, ironically,by the New Jersey Nets. The Nets had three picks in the 2010 draft, the No. 3, which they used to take Derrick Favors, as well as the 27th and 31st. The Nets agreed to trade those picks to the Hawks for the 24th pick, which they used to take Damion James. The Hawks in turn sold the 31st pick to the Thunder for $3.1 million. The Thunder later dealt his rights to the Jazz.
Utah, after signing Pleiss to a two-year deal, assigned him to the D-League, where he averaged 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Idaho Stampede In his12 appearances with the Jazz, Pleiss averaged two points and 1.3 rebounds per game,