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Dempsey: Nuggets signing center Tyler Zeller to training camp contract

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Another big man to bang down low

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According to Chris Dempsey of Altitude TV, the Denver Nuggets have signed center Tyler Zeller to a training camp contract.

Zeller, 29, last played for the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies last season, playing six games during 2018-19 and averaging 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds during 15.5 minutes per game. In 2017-18, Zeller played 66 games for the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks in a regular role as backup center.

Mike Singer, Nuggets beat writer for the Denver Post, confirms that Zeller will be brought in on a non-guaranteed training camp deal, adding an extra body for Denver’s current centers Nikola Jokic, Mason Plumlee, and Bol Bol to compete with. In training camp, individual drills will be conducted by position group, and full-team scrimmages could use an extra body at center. Zeller, a knowledgeable veteran with a litany of team experiences, could help young players like Bol and Jarred Vanderbilt adjust to NBA life.

It’s unlikely that Zeller will serve a role in Denver beyond training camp, given the non-guaranteed nature of his contract. Former South Carolina guard P.J. Dozier is also under a training camp contract, though with a larger chance to compete for the 15th roster spot given Denver’s current roster construction with no third point guard. With three centers under contract and the possibility of keeping the last roster spot open for buyout candidates and acquired players via trade, it seems unlikely that Denver will fill that roster spot.

Stay tuned to Denver Stiffs for more updates and training camp coverage.