The Sixers recently acquired Pleiss in a trade from the Utah Jazz, but the belief was always that they were going to waive the center and his $3 million guaranteed salary for 2016-17 (plus $500,000 for 2017-18). There was simply no room on the roster for another big man.
That frontcourt logjam is likely also why Landry is heading out the door. The 32-year-old had $6.5 million coming his way for next season and was actually the highest-paid player on the roster last season. However, Landry didn’t have a spot on the team thanks to all the young talent in the frontcourt. He appeared in 36 games last season and averaged 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game.
The Sixers also announced the signing of Cat Barber. Barber went undrafted in 2016 after starring at North Carolina State. Philadelphia now has 19 players under contract, with 11 of those players holding fully guaranteed deals for 2016-17.
A fellow Atlantic Division squad also made a roster move Wednesday, as the Boston Celtics waived guard John Holland. Holland signed with the Celtics at the very end of this past season and only appeared in one game.
Holland’s deal was non-guaranteed for 2016-17, and Boston’s roster now stands at 18. However, there are 16 guaranteed contracts still on the roster, so one of those players with a guaranteed contract will have to go before the start of next season.