The Nuggets have signed guard/forward Davon Reed to a 10-day contract, the team announced in a press release.
This confirms a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania that said the Nuggets would be signing Reed via a hardship exception after multiple injuries and players in health and safety protocols.
Reed, 26, is 6-foot-5 and has been playing for the Grand Rapids Gold, Denver’s affiliate in the G League. He spent the preseason with the Nuggets and was a favorite of coach Michael Malone, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post.
In seven games with the Gold, Reed is averaging 12.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He also has prior NBA experience, as a second-round pick (No. 32 overall) by the Suns in 2017.
Reed played 21 games for the Suns as a rookie, then 10 more with the Pacers in 2018-19.
The Nuggets have reached desperate times, having started the season without standout guard Jamal Murray, who remains out after ACL surgery. They also lost small forward Michael Porter Jr. to back surgery, and he could miss the entire season.
“The Nuggets are able to apply for a hardship exception now if a player tests positive for COVID-19 and has 3 players who have already missed 3 games with an injury and are deemed out for at least another 2 weeks,” wrote Bobby Marks of ESPN. “The player testing positive does not have to miss 3 games.”