In a series of moves following their big win over the Kings, the Nets waived Norvel Pelle and signed 6’7” defensive specialist Andre Roberson. Pelle had been with the Nets since January 28, appearing in three games.
Brooklyn announced the Pelle waiver after midnight and Roberson’s signing after noon.
Marc Stein was first with the news.
The Nets announce they have waived Norvel Pelle— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 16, 2021
The signing of Andre Roberson, which is expected Tuesday, would reunite the defensive specialist with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. Harden was traded to Houston before Roberson's rookie season in Oklahoma City in 2013-14— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 16, 2021
Shams Charania confirmed the news.
And Mike Scotto provided details of the deal, which is non-guaranteed...
Andre Roberson’s deal with the Brooklyn Nets is a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, a league source told @hoopshype. He played six seasons with the OKC Thunder, was a teammate of Kevin Durant, and made an NBA All-Defensive Team. https://t.co/DYIyIPhs9U— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) February 16, 2021
Bobby Marks said the moves aren’t going to cost the Nets much.
Financial impact for Brooklyn on the 2 transactions:— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 16, 2021
Cap hit: $217,845
Tax hit: $244,195
Andre Roberson pro-rated minimum contract
Cap hit-$998,978 (if on roster past 2/24)
Earlier in the day, Shams hinted the deal was coming, writing...
Before signing Iman Shumpert, the Brooklyn Nets considered a deal with veteran forward Andre Roberson, sources said. The Nets looked into Roberson as a wing signing who can provide defense and experience. Roberson showed to the Nets that he is healthy and moving well. In seven NBA seasons, Roberson has averaged. 4.5 points and four rebounds per game, making the All-Defensive second team in 2017.
Roberson, 29, missed 30 months do to a torn patella tendon — the same injury that almost ended Jeremy LIn’s career— before rejoining the Thunder in the “bubble” where he played seven games, putting up minimal numbers but proving he can play. The 29-year-old is the brother of Arielle Roberson, Dinwiddie’s long-time girlfriend and mother of his son. Dinwiddie and Roberson were also teammates at Colorado.
“Yeah, I think him being healthy, he’s gonna be a phenomenal addition to a contender,” Dinwiddie told The Post before the season. “And obviously him being extended family will be dope to share that journey, and those high-level aspirations with him.”
In addition, Roberson was a teammate of Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City for three years. James Harden was traded to Houston before Roberson’s rookie season in Oklahoma City in 2013-14.
There’s no word on Shumpert. He is recovering from a hamstring injury but his contract is non-guaranteed and the Nets will have to make a decision whether to keep him by February 24. Indeed, with Scotto reporting that Roberson is non-guaranteed, the Nets still have five players —out of 17— whose contracts could end in eight days. In addition to Roberson, Shumpert, Vonleh, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Chris Chiozza have non-guaranteed deals,
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