SEPTEMBER 12, 2:43pm: The deal is official, the team announced on its website.
SEPTEMBER 11, 6:31pm: The Nets and center Tyler Zeller are finalizing a two-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com tweets. Zeller will join the Nets, a league source informs NetsDaily.com, but the second-year is not guaranteed (Twitter link).
Brooklyn’s interest in Zeller doesn’t come as a total surprise, since Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders recently reported that the Nets had worked him out.
Zeller didn’t draw much interest on the free agent market after he was waived by the Celtics in July in order to free up cap space. The 27-year-old center had a non-guaranteed $8MM salary for 2017/18 that needed to be cleared from Boston’s books in order to sign prized free agent forward Gordon Hayward.
Brooklyn was seeking frontcourt depth after a variety of deals left it a little thin at those spots. The Nets dealt Brook Lopez, Andrew Nicholson, and Justin Hamilton, while adding Timofey Mozgov in a trade and drafting Jarrett Allen in the first round. He’ll compete with Mozgov and Allen for minutes.
Zeller, the 17th overall pick in the 2012 draft, spent the last three seasons in Boston, but played a career-low 10.3 minutes per game in 2016/17. In 340 career games with the Cavs and Celtics, the UNC product has averaged 7.0 PPG and 4.4 RPG.