Nets’ first signing in Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving-James Harden Big 3 era
Over a week after pulling off the blockbuster trade to acquire James Harden from the Houston Rockets, the Brooklyn Nets are far from done retooling their roster. The team’s latest addition will be free agent big man Norvel Pelle, who plans to sign with the Nets once he is cleared by the league’s health and safety protocols, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Pelle, 27, played 24 games for the Sixers a season ago — averaging three rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 9.7 minutes ago He's had a significant overseas and G-League journey, showing an ability to impact game on defensive end. Brooklyn will still have two more open roster spots. https://t.co/J904mUK4Gq
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 22, 2021
Pelle, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, also has considerable experience in the G League as well as overseas, having played in Taiwan, Lebanon, and Italy. In 24 games for the Sixers, the 27-year-old averaged 2.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 9.7 minutes per contest and has shown a knack as a capable rim protector and rebounder.
The 6-foot-10, 231-pound big man should get some playing time behind center DeAndre Jordan, though he could also compete with Kevin Durant and Jeff Green for minutes whenever head coach Steve Nash chooses to go with smaller lineups. With the signing of Pelle, who went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft before playing for different G League and overseas teams, Brooklyn will have just two rosters spots remaining for their lineup, which means that the team is far from done adding players to their lineup.
In the first game featuring their Big 3 of Harden, Durant, and Kyrie Irving, the Nets absorbed a 147-135 double-overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which snapped a four-game winning streak and gave them a 9-7 record. They will face the Cavaliers again on Friday with a chance to gain a measure of vengeance after their loss.