The Nuggets have signed French forward Petr Cornelie on a two-way contract, the team announced Friday.
Cornelie, a 2016 Nuggets second-round draft pick (No. 53 overall), played his prior two years of professional basketball for Elan Bearnais of the French LNB Pro A league.
The 6-foot-11, 220-pound forward brings versatility on offense. Last season, he averaged 14.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 44% from 3-point range.
Cornelie also represented his country last summer as part of the France National Team at the Tokyo Olympics — winning a silver medal. Cornelie, 26, has played professionally since 2013.
Chad Ford, ESPN’s NBA Draft insider, ranked Cornelie as the No. 51 overall prospect on his 2016 Big Board. Ford wrote in his evaluation of Cornelie: “He has legit size for an NBA power forward, is a good athlete, can stretch the floor, and he possesses the proverbial upside that so many scouts covet.”
Cornelie will split time between the Nuggets and the Grand Rapids Drive (G League). Cornelie can’t be on the Nuggets’ active roster for more than 50 games next season as part of the terms on his two-way deal.
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