Brooklyn Nets waive Norvel Pelle, sign Andre Roberson


The Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday morning that they have requested waivers on center Norvel Pelle, and announced later Tuesday that they have replaced Pelle on the roster by signing forward Andre Roberson.

Pelle signed with the Nets on Jan. 28 and played in three games, averaging 2.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 9.3 minutes per game.

Roberson, 29, was a first-round pick in 2013 and spent six seasons in Oklahoma City, averaging 4.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game for his career. He was a starter for four seasons and made the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2017, but a ruptured patella tendon suffered in January 2018 and a series of setbacks in his rehab cost him the rest of that season and all of 2018-19, and he played in just seven games last season (all as a reserve).

The Nets did not release terms of the deal, but according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Roberson’s deal is non-guaranteed, so it basically gives the Nets a one-week look at the defensive specialist before NBA contracts become guaranteed for the season next week.

The signing reunites Roberson with former OKC teammate Kevin Durant, who was with the Thunder for Roberson’s first three seasons (2013-16).

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