Sixers Waive Center Norvel Pelle
The Sixers announced on Thursday they have waived reserve center Norvel Pelle, a move first reported by Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquire.
Pelle was on a two-way deal with the club last season, and made a couple of spot starts while Joel Embiid was injured last year.
Pelle, had a non-guaranteed contract that was going to become a $1.5 million guarantee on Friday if he was not waived.
In 24 appearances last year, Pelle averaged 2.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 9.6 minutes per game.
He was an undrafted free agent out of St. John's and played well in limited time, especially on the defensive end of the floor.
With Pelle gone and Kyle O'Quinn set to be a free agent, the Sixers will be looking to add a big man behind Embiid.
A couple of options could be second-round pick Paul Reed, or even a reunion with former No. 6 overall pick Nerlens Noel, who spent the past two seasons in Oklahoma City. The Sixers traded Noel to Dallas during the 2016-17 season.
Noel is a defensive specialist, rim protector and would be a solid presence behind Embiid.