Norvel Pelle Rumors

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Norvel Pelle
Norvel Pelle
Position: C
Born: 02/03/93
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:231 lbs. / 104.8 kg.
Salary: $350,189
Through parts of four seasons with the 76ers’ G League team in Delaware and several years playing overseas, Pelle doesn’t take a single day of being an NBA player for granted. “Regardless, of everything that’s going on, I was able to fulfill a dream and sign a contract with an NBA team, and playing for the Sixers is a blessing,” he said on Wednesday morning during a Zoom interview with the media. “It’s a big roller coaster, my whole career has been a roller coaster up and down and whatnot, so being in the organization and in the NBA, playing for the Philadelphia 76ers [is great].”
Noah Levick: Norvel Pelle compares the NBA’s Orlando plan to when he played overseas in Taiwan — mostly just staying in his room and playing basketball. Pelle says he’ll try to be the Sixers’ “No. 1 cheerleader” when on the bench to help compensate for no fans being in attendance. He rates himself as the Sixers’ No. 1 “energy guy” on the bench, with Matisse Thybulle, Kyle O’Quinnn and Shake Milton behind him.
The Sixers would have to waive or trade someone from their 15-man roster to create a spot for Pelle. Pelle is the team’s best rim protector, if not one of the NBA’s best. The rookie is averaging 2.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 9.0 minutes in his seven appearances. Pelle made his NBA debut against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 29. The 6-foot-10, 235-pounder finished with three points, two rebounds, one assist and a career-high four blocks in 12 minutes, 33 seconds of action.
Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand announced today that the team has signed Norvel Pelle to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pelle is currently participating in 2019 Philadelphia 76ers Summer League Minicamp and spent the 2018-19 season with the team’s G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. He appeared in 36 G League games (26 starts) and averaged 11.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks (fourth in the G League) in 22.8 minutes per game. Pelle’s .703 field-goal percentage led the G League, while he posted 13 double-doubles, including a 20-20 performance. Following the season, Pelle was named to the 2018-19 G League All-Defensive Team and finished third in voting for Defensive Player of the Year. In May, Pelle was selected to the NBA G League Elite Camp, a league-run, three-day scouting event featuring the NBA G League’s top prospects from the 2018-19 season.
Though nothing was announced, we hear the Heat summoned these 10 players to audition at a free agent camp this week: shooting guards Rodney McGruder (who played on its D-League team in Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Quinton Upshur (Northern Arizona/Portugal); Brandan Kearney (University of Detroit); Juwan Howard Jr. (son of the Heat assistant/played in Spanish League) and Jabril Trawick (Georgetown/Sioux Falls), plus forwards Okaro White (FSU/Greece), Xavier Gibson (FSU/Greece), Kevin Tumba (Belgium), Kenny Gabriel (Auburn/Turkey) and 6-11 Norvel Pelle, a skilled shot-blocker who was the No. 1 center in the 2011 high school class, failed to qualify at St. John’s and has played in the D-League, Taiwan and elsewhere since. Players who finished this past season in the NBA cannot be brought in for workouts before July 1.
According to a source, 6’10” Norvel Pelle has signed a D-League contract, and will be available in the upcoming 2013 NBA D-League draft. Back in June, Pelle withdrew from the 2013 NBA draft because of a foot injury. Pelle’s likely entry into the NBADL draft is timely, as the combo power forward/center is yet another once highly touted prep player, without college experience, looking to use the NBA D-League as a springboard to the Association.