After being waived by the Phoenix Suns to clear up room to sign veteran Jamal Crawford, shooting guard Davon Reed is expected to join Edmond Sumner in place of C.J. Wilcox on two-way contract with the Indiana Pacers, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Reed, who was taken 32nd in the 2017 NBA draft, tore his meniscus before the start of his rookie season and didn’t make his debut with the Suns until January 14, coincidentally against the Pacers.
In 21 games with Phoenix, the 23-year-old averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. For the NAZ Suns, who went 8-4 with him on the roster, he averaged 10.3 points on rocky shooting (31 percent) to go with 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 12 games.
As his woeful field-goal percentage suggests, since sustaining a second tear to the same knee for the second time in three seasons, Reed has struggled to regain his long-range shooting touch. After connecting on north of 35 percent of his three-point attempts in each of his four collegiate seasons, the former Miami Hurricane has only made 29 of his last 102 threes, including G League stints and preseason.
Nevertheless, assuming he can get his legs back underneath him, the potential 3-and-D prospect is 6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan and the NAZ Suns held opponents to fewer points with him on the floor than off even with him shaking off rust from surgery, so it can’t hurt for the Pacers to investigate whether his shooting can pull nearer to even with his defense in Fort Wayne.
Though there was never any official word on injured sharpshooter C.J. Wilcox, signing Reed to his two-way spot confirms his waiver and eliminates the possibility of him still earning the prorated portion of his salary via counting the days he rehabs with the team’s medical staff toward his 45-day maximum.
With the roster full at 17, Indiana’s front office likely won’t have any more housekeeping to do unless the days Edmond Sumner can spend with the Pacers expire and they need to create a roster spot to convert his two-way contract into a guaranteed deal.