The Boston Celtics are adding some depth in the front court with the additions of Al-Farouq Aminu and Norvel Pelle to 10-day hardship deals. Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report on the news.
These are two big moves for the Celtics ahead of their Christmas day game. They only have two active centers in Robert Williams III and Bruno Fernando because of health and safety protocols and were in desperate need of extra depth.
Al-Farouq Aminu is an 11-year NBA veteran and has averaged a respectable 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for his career. This will be Aminu’s first action this season after being waived by the San Antonio Spurs following the DeMar DeRozan trade. Aminu has only played in 41 games over the last two seasons and has averaged less than five points per game during that span.
Norvel Pelle has played in the NBA for two short seasons and has spent most of his career in the G-League. In nine games with the Cleveland Charge, Pelle is averaged 8.9 points per game on 51 percent shooting overall and is blocking 1.1 shots per game. Not the most eye popping stats for a 6-foot-10 big man but he is also hauling in 8.3 rebounds in just 22 minutes per game.
The Celtics have now signed C.J. Miles, Justin Jackson, Joe Johnson, and now Aminu and Pelle to 10-day deals.
The Celtics will have to expect a lot out of their core players if they are to beat the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow.