The Suns will be without one of their 2017 draft picks for the next several months, having announced today in a press release that rookie shooting guard Davon Reed underwent a meniscus repair of his left knee on Thursday. Reed is expected to return to full basketball activity in about four to six months, according to the team.
It’s bad news for the Suns, who opted not to make a splash in free agency this summer, instead focusing on being patient with their rebuild and developing their young players. The club will now likely have to wait until 2018 to get a good look at Reed, who was the No. 32 overall pick in June’s draft.
An ACC All-Defensive player for Miami in 2016/17, Reed averaged 14.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, and 2.4 APG in his senior season, making 39.7% of his three-point attempts. The 22-year-old was one of three players selected in the 2017 draft by the Suns, who also nabbed Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick and selected Alec Peters at No. 54.
As the 32nd overall pick, Reed wasn’t subject to the NBA’s rookie scale for first-rounders, but he signed a four-year deal anyway. His first-year minimum salary is fully guaranteed, while he has a partial guarantee on his second year, per Basketball Insiders. His third year is non-guaranteed and his fourth year is a team option.