Former Denver Nuggets guard finds new NBA home

New Orleans Pelicans v Denver Nuggets
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A former member of the Denver Nuggets is headed to a new home. On Thursday afternoon, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Memphis Grizzlies had signed former Nuggets guard Shaquille Harrison to a 10-day hardship contract.

The 30-year-old spent a short amount of time in the Mile-High City back in the 2020-21 campaign. He suited up in just 17 games for the Nuggets, playing about 16.3 minutes each time. Despite the healthy amount of run, Harrison wasn't able to make a major impact in Denver. He averaged just 3.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game while knocking down 34.5% of his attempts from the field and 21.4% of those from long range.

Harrison joins the 3-11 Grizzlies along with former Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jaylen Nowell. Memphis' poor start has largely been due to all of the injuries they've battled so far this season. Steven Adams, Bardon Clarke, Marcus Smart, Luke Kennard, Xavier Tillman, and Jake LaRavia have all had to miss time so far, with Adams and Clarke being finished for the year.

On top of the long list of injuries, the Grizzlies have also had to deal with the suspension of All-Star guard Ja Morant, who was issued the 25-game ban after brandishing a gun on social media multiple times earlier this year.

Denver Nuggets prepare for crucial In-Season Tournament finale vs Houston Rockets

The Nuggets will wrap up their In-Season Tournament group play on Friday night when they take on the Houston Rockets. Heading into the final group-stage game, Denver trails the New Orleans Pelicans for the top spot in Western Conference Group B and will need a win over Houston to give themselves the best chance of moving to the knockout round.

Even with a loss, the Nuggets could still advance, but it would require a loss from New Orleans against the LA Clippers in their final matchup. Every single team in the group still has the ability to move on, so there could be a wild tie-breaker situation if the Nuggets and Pelicans both lose in their group finales.

All five of the teams in Group B could wind up with record of 2-2, leaving their fate to be decided by point differential.