The Miami Heat continue to round out their roster with a flurry of moves over the weekend, this time adding free agent center Willie Reed.
Reed, 26, measures 6'-10" and played well for the Heat last year in Summer League in Orlando with his relentless energy but was quickly signed by the Brooklyn Nets, where averaged 4.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 10.9 minutes in 39 games last season.
Miami needed more bodies in the power rotation and Reed sets up to be a capable back-up to Hassan Whiteside. The team is also retaining co-captain Udonis Haslem.
Free agent forward Willie Reed has agreed to a two-year deal with Miami, league sources tell The Vertical. Second year player option.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 10, 2016
If I am correct, Willie Reed's minimum-salary contract would pay out $1,015,696 this season, with a $1,087,745 player option for next.— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertRandom1) July 10, 2016
Willie Reed would give Heat regular-season limit of 15 players under contract, although team would have flexibility with partial guarantees.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 10, 2016
Player option on 2nd year of Willie Reed Heat deal hardly eats into Heat 16-17 cap space because there would be a roster player hold anyway.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 10, 2016
Willie Reed's deal will not be finalized tonight, with Monday the likely day of completion amid Heat whirlwind.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 11, 2016
Last year at Summer League, Reed spoke about what he could bring to the Heat just days before he was signed away by the Nets.
Miami now has time to round out their training camp roster to up to 20 players but could still elect to make trades, perhaps with an eye to move Josh McRoberts' multi-year contract.