The Jazz have signed center Norvel Pelle to a 10-day contract, the team announced in a press release.
With center Rudy Gobert entering health and safety protocols, the move really comes as no surprise. In short, the Jazz are going to need an extra man in the middle for a week or so.
Pelle, 28, is 6-foot-10 and signed a 10-day deal with the Celtics in late December, though he did not appear in a game. Before that, he had been playing with the Cleveland Charge of the G League, averaging 8.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
He has spent time in the NBA with the 76ers, Nets, Knicks and Kings, compiling career averages of 2.1 points and 2.5 rebounds.
Pelle should get an opportunity with Utah, given the status of Gobert and backup Hassan Whiteside, out with a concussion.
The Jazz (28-10) sit in third place in the Western Conference entering Friday’s road game vs. the Raptors.