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Report: Nets adding former lottery pick to help out Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden

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The Brooklyn Nets continue to fill up the empty slots on their roster in an attempt to shore up their depth around Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Big man Noah Vonleh is expected to join the club next, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Vonleh follows big man Norvel Pelle and veteran swingman Iman Shumpert as the newest members of the Nets.

The Nets are just the latest stop in quite the NBA trek for Vonleh. He has been a journeyman in his career since he was selected ninth overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014 NBA Draft. He saw limited action with the Hornets before getting traded to the Portland Trail Blazers after his rookie season.

The big man remained with the Blazers until 2018, when he was traded to the Chicago Bulls before the deadline. Vonleh then moved on to the New York Knicks for the 2018-19 season. His stint in New York was the best of his career to date, with averages of 8.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game. He even started 57 of 68 games.

Vonleh then signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves before suiting up for the Denver Nuggets in the latter half of the 2019-20 season. He played sparingly for both teams.

The 25-year-old rejoined the Bulls for training camp prior to the 2020-21 season, but he was released after testing positive for COVID-19. The Nets are now hoping the former lottery pick can help out their thin frontcourt. Brookyn’s depth is one of the team’s few weaknesses, especially up front.

The Nets have a 14-11 record this season, which is good for third in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn’s next game is against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. The squad will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak.