Nuggets To Sign Davon Reed Via Hardship Exception

The Nuggets intend to sign guard/forward Davon Reed via the hardship exception after a bevy of injuries and players in health and safety protocols, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.Davon Reed

Reed, 26, is 6-foot-5 and has been playing for the Grand Rapids Gold, Denver’s affiliate in the G League. 

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.

Along with that, guard PJ Dozier tore his ACL last week, and guards Austin Rivers and Bones Hyland have entered the league’s health and safety protocols, as has center Bol Bol.

“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.”

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