Six days after it was reported the Nets would sign Norvel Pelle, Brooklyn made it official, inking the 6’11” second year big with a 7’3.5” wingspan and 32.5” max vertical.
The Nets now have 13 players under contract as well as two two-ways. That’s two under the maximum. Brooklyn must add at least one player before Saturday, two weeks after the four-team trade that brought James Harden to the Nets.
Pelle, who turns 28 next month, will be available Sunday vs. Washington after fulfilling the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Brian Lewis reports. He’ll back-up DeAndre Jordan, a role left open after the Nets traded Jarrett Allen in the Harden deal. Pelle had signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Cavaliers, then waived and assigned to the Canton Charge.
The Nets did not reveal the details of Pelle’s contract. Bobby Marks reports it’s a vets minimum deal and non-guaranteed.
Pelle will count $11,100 toward the luxury tax for every day he is on the roster and will earn $9,902 per day. https://t.co/uwcQoMdEcf— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) January 28, 2021
Timothe’ Luwawu-Cabarrot is also on a non-guaranteed deal.
Pelle spent the 2019-20 season with the 76ers, originally signing a two-way contract with the team on July 2 before having his contract converted to a standard deal on February 7. In 24 games off the bench, Pelle recorded averages of 2.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 9.7 minutes per game. He registered multiple blocks in 11 of the 24 games he saw action in, including a season-high four blocks on November. 29, at New York. He also appeared in one playoff game for the Sixers in their first round playoff series against Boston.
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In 2018-19, he was one of the G League’s top defensive bigs with the Delaware Blue Coats, averaging 11.1 points, 8.6 boards and 3.1 blocks while shooting 69.5 percent overall and 76.5 from the line. He earned NBA G League All-Defensive Team honors. He is not a 3-point shooter.
Pelle was born in Antigua and Barbuda, attended high school in California and has played for the Lebanese national team. In his seven-year career, Pelle has had stops in Wilmington, Delaware (twice); Taipei, Taiwan; Beirut, Lebanon (twice), Varese and Torino, Italy,
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