Novel Pelle could help Nets, but would he be enough?

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Nick Friar
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Between their miniseries in Cleveland and their first game of their miniseries with the Heat at Barclays Center served as quick reminders of just how much the franchise will miss their 2017 NBA first-round draft pick, Jarret Allen. Rebounding was an issue against the Cavs, Bam Adebayo scored a career-high in the close win over Miami and Brooklyn’s interior defense has been close to non-existent.

Kevin Durant and Jeff Green provide some help, but DeAndre Jordan’s best days are behind him and the only other big on the roster following the James Harden trade is the injured Nicolas Claxton (right knee tendinopathy).

According to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets are set to sign former Philadelphia 76ers big man Norvel Pelle “pending clearance of Health and Safety protocols.” The defensive-minded big man addresses a need for the Nets in some capacity.

Pelle is a shot-blocker, which helps slow down the interior defense issue Brooklyn has had — but it can’t be ignored that he took a long time to break in with the Philadelphia 76ers before he waived before the start of this season. He was with Cleveland for a time — well before Allen was traded to the Cavs — but that didn’t last long, getting waived before the start of the 2020-21 regular season.

The Nets have a good history with reclamation projects, but Brooklyn is better off getting another big in addition to Pelle — like JaVale McGee, for instance.

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