Knicks Rumors: Norvel Pelle Expected to Sign 2nd 10-Day Contract

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVApril 11, 2021

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 3: Isaiah Stewart #28 of the Detroit Pistons and Norvel Pelle #14 of the New York Knicks fight for position during the game on April 3, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks are expected to sign Norvel Pelle to a second 10-day contract, according to SNY's Ian Begley.

New York originally signed Pelle to a 10-day contract on April 2 to help shore up the frontcourt after Mitchell Robinson underwent surgery on his foot. 

The 28-year-old logged three minutes in the Knicks' 125-81 win over the Detroit Pistons on April 3. He finished with three rebounds and two blocks, the pair of denials coming despite the fact he was suffering from a dislocated finger.



Pelle was already building a strong reputation within the organization. The Knicks' decision to give him another 10-day contract is further evidence of that.

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN

Norvel Pelle is available for the Knicks tonight but Thibodeau said he’s “situational,” which typically means he’s out of the rotation barring something unforeseen. Thibodeau said the scouting staff really liked Pelle.

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"He's a Knicks type of player... we love that fight from him"<br><br>Reggie Bullock enjoyed Norvel Pelle's effort through injury tonight pic.twitter.com/lvI3hMoGk4

New York bought itself a little more time to see what it has with the 6'10" forward. The collective bargaining agreement allows a team to give a player two 10-day contracts before he has to be signed through the remainder of the season in order to remain on the roster.

Even with Robinson injured, Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson remain options for head coach Tom Thibodeau at the 5. Perhaps Pelle can nonetheless establish himself as a good energy guy off the bench.