The Nuggets intend to keep Davon Reed on their roster via another 10-day exception or by another roster maneuver, two league sources told The Denver Post on Tuesday.
Multiple avenues are being explored, sources said.
Reed, whose second 10-day contract expires after Tuesday’s game at Golden State, had 15 points and three 3-pointers off the bench in Sunday’s win over the Clippers. He played all but seven seconds of the fourth quarter, effectively ending the game with a strong 3-point contest against Clipper guard Brandon Boston at the buzzer.
Reed, who spent part of the 2017-’18 season with Phoenix and part of the 2018-’19 season with Indiana, is also still eligible for a two-way spot.
With four guys out for an extended period of time — Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., P.J. Dozier and Markus Howard — the Nuggets are eligible for another injury hardship exception. Adding a player with this exception counts against the team’s salary cap, and the Nuggets are already flirting with the luxury tax.
Hardship exceptions added due to multiple players in the health and safety protocol, however, don’t count against the cap, which is a key distinction. Bol Bol re-joined the team on Tuesday but will miss Tuesday’s game as he returns from the health and safety protocol, a source said.
Porter, who remains out while recovering from back surgery, also exited the health and safety protocols, a source said. The Nuggets don’t have any players in the protocol despite facing teams (Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Charlotte) that have all had multiple cases recently.
That could change with the NBA increasing its testing after the holiday.
What’s important, though, is that Reed has made an impression.
“For a young man who is on his second 10-day contract with us, he looks like he belongs,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said on Sunday night. “I’ve said it since Summer League. Davon Reed is an NBA player. … I just like D. Reed’s confidence. He looks very, very comfortable and confident out there. I think that’s the key. You gotta believe that you belong, and he certainly does.”