The Brooklyn Nets have started to fill their openings on their roster, by signing center Norvel Pelle. Pelle, 27, spent last season with the 76ers, on a TWO-way contract, which was later converted to a standard contract.
In 24 games for the Sixers last season, Pelle averaged 2.4 points, three rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 10 minutes per game. The Sixers waived Pelle on November 19, 2020. He was signed by Cleveland on December 19. Cleveland’s intention was for him to play for their G League team, the Canton Charge.
Pelle has shown his defensive upside in the G League during the last two seasons, appearing in 44 games for the Delaware Blue Coats and averaging an eye-popping 2.9 blocks in just 22.8 minutes per game. He also contributed 11.6 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game in 44 G-League contests.
Norvel Pelle will not play a big role in Brooklyn. However, his defensive skills and his ability to play the five should be of use to a more offensive-minded Nets team that lost some frontcourt depth by giving up Jarrett Allen in the blockbuster trade for James Harden.
Brooklyn will still have two open roster spots after signing Pelle. They must fill at least one of them by next weekend.