Shams: Nuggets to call up Davon Reed from Grand Rapids Gold
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Denver Nuggets are adding the G League call-up to Davon Reed to their roster.
As a result of the exhausted squad, the Denver Nuggets plan to sign Davon Reed from G League subsidiary Grand Rapids Gold via a hardship exemption, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Reed was a 2017 second round election and played two NBA seasons with the Suns and Pacers.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 3, 2021
The Nuggets include Reed on the list despite having 15 fully guaranteed contracts due to a hardship exception. This is an exception granted to a team that has suffered a number of serious injuries and is nowhere near full capacity.
Many identified former NBA star Lance Stephenson as a candidate to be educated, but the Nuggets picked Davon Reed instead. This is a good decision as Reed is making a great start to the G League season, giving the Nuggets a bit of what they need: size, shooting and defense on the wing. Reed is a solid 6’5 “and averaged 15.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game for the Grand Rapids Gold. His two-way skills have been touted by Michael Malone and the Nuggets coaching staff. It makes a lot of sense to fill in for the nuggets from the bank.
With Michael Porter Jr. and PJ Dozier likely to be out for the season, Denver’s wingtip will be a permanent disadvantage for the remainder of the season. Will Barton is the starting XI shooting guard and Aaron Gordon has moved to small forward to replace Porter. That worked with Jeff Green as the nominal power forward, but the bank remained a big question mark. The nuggets play with three little guards all the time and are usually physically inferior and this problem will not go away.
Reed allows the nuggets to be used in bench units to protect larger wings. His defensive tools and instincts are solid. He has a good mentality to defend himself on the ball. He will be very helpful as long as he is on the list.
The hardship exception is not a permanent solution. It will go away when the injured and absent players return. Still, this is a good opportunity for Reed to show what he can do. His role will be simple, and if he can defend himself while firing shots, he may have a permanent place when all is said and done.