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Kings sign G League center Pelle to 10-day contract

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Norvel Pelle grabs rebound

The Kings had a busy Wednesday. Hours after waiving Glenn Robinson III, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports California that Sacramento is ready to use its open roster spot on free-agent big man Norvel Pelle.

The Kings confirmed the signing Thursday.

Pelle, 28, will sign a 10-day contract with the Kings as early as Thursday morning. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound center currently is playing in the G League bubble, which makes him eligible to join an NBA roster without having to quarantine under the league's coronavirus health and safety protocols.

In 27 NBA games with the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets over the last two seasons, Pelle averaged 2.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in just shy of 10 minutes per contest. The Nets waived him on Feb. 15 after beating the Kings at Golden 1 Center.

Known for his ability to protect the rim, Pelle currently is averaging 10 points, 10.7 rebounds and three blocks in three games for the Canton Charge in the bubble. Pelle had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double Wednesday, adding three blocks and two steals over 25 minutes off the bench.

After going undrafted in 2014, Pelle's professional journey has taken him all over the world. He has played in Taiwan, Italy and Lebanon, as well as the G League.

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Sacramento is short-handed in the post. Two-way big man Chimezie Metu broke his wrist earlier this month in a controversial fall against the Memphis Grizzlies, and Hassan Whiteside entered the league's health and safety protocols Wednesday

 

Pelle's 10-day contract will take him through the final five games of the Kings' first-half schedule. Whether he earns a longer look likely will be determined during the All-Star break.