10:55am: The Nuggets have officially signed O’Bryant to a second 10-day contract, the team announced today in a press release.
9:40am: After his first 10-day contract with the team expired on Saturday night, Johnny O’Bryant will sign a second 10-day deal with the Nuggets, league sources tell Chris Haynes of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Assuming the agreement is finalized today, O’Bryant will be eligible to play tonight against Dallas, and will remain a Nugget through February 15.
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O’Bryant, 23, was the 36th overall pick in the 2014 draft, and spent his first two NBA seasons with the Bucks. In 100 games for the club, O’Bryant averaged 3.0 PPG and 2.4 RPG. The LSU product signed as a free agent with the Wizards prior to training camp last fall, but didn’t earn a regular-season roster spot with the team.
O’Bryant subsequently joined the D-League’s Northern Arizona Suns, averaging 18.5 PPG and 8.7 RPG in 24 games for Phoenix’s affiliate this season. He even added a three-point shot to his game during his time in the NBADL, making 38.0% of his attempts and averaging more than one three-pointer per game. That earned O’Bryant a 10-day contract with the Nuggets, for whom he appeared in two games over the course of his 10-day deal. He averaged 3.5 PPG and 1.5 RPG in those games.
Once O’Bryant is officially re-signed, the Nuggets will again be carrying the maximum 15 players on their roster. If they want to keep the young power forward beyond his second 10-day deal, the Nuggets will have to commit to a rest-of-season contract.