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  • Writer's pictureErik Slater

Nets sign Tyler Zeller to two-year deal

The Brooklyn Nets signed free agent center Tyler Zeller to a two-year deal Monday night.

The signing adds some much needed size to a roster that previously featured just two players over 6'8". The second year of the contract is reportedly non-guaranteed.

Boston waived Zeller in July following a season in which he averaged 3.5 PPG and 2.4 RPG in 10.3 MPG.

Zeller was selected 17th overall in the 2012 draft and spent the first two seasons of his career in Cleveland before being traded to Boston. The former North Carolina standout posted his best numbers in 2015 when he started 59 games for the Celtics, averaging 10.2 PPG and 5.7 RPG.

The 27-year-old is a solid pick and roll player with ability to catch and finish around the rim. Zeller will fit nicely into a Nets system which features Jeremy Lin, a superb pick and roll player, running the point. The screens of Zeller will likely provide more open shots and opportunities for Lin to drive and dish to solid three point shooters in D'Angelo Russell and Allen Crabbe.

The signing of Zeller brings the Nets roster to 15 guaranteed contracts, likely rounding out Sean Mark's offseason acquisitions. Marks added D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov, DeMarre Carroll, Allen Crabbe, Jarrett Allen, and Zeller in what looks to be the beginning of the Nets ascension back to competitive basketball.

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