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Miami Heat officially sign free agent center Willie Reed

Miami makes it official by netting a steady backup to Hassan Whiteside.


Days after it was reported that the Miami Heat were signing free agent center Willie Reed, the team has made it official with a short press release Wednesday.

Reed, who played for the Brooklyn Nets last season after impressing many with his energy and hustle playing for Miami's Summer League squad, will serve as the back-up for newly re-signed center Hassan Whiteside. Though contract details were not disclosed by the team, it's been widely reported that it's a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum at slightly more than $1 million this season, with the second season a player option.

The team's press release details Reed's basketball career:

Reed has appeared in 144 career NBA Development League games (101 starts) and averaged 15.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.78 blocks and 31.4 minutes while shooting 58.4 percent from the field. In his most recent NBA D-League stint during the 2014-15 season, he split the season between the Grand Rapids Drive and the Iowa Energy, appearing in 47 games (38 starts) and averaging 16.4 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.91 blocks, 1.1 assists and 33.7 minutes while shooting 60.1 percent from the field. He led the league in total rebounds (573) and offensive rebounds (216) and was named to the NBA D-League's First Team, All-Defensive First Team and All-Star team.

Reed appeared in 39 games (two starts) with the Nets last season and averaged 4.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 10.9 minutes of action while shooting 57.1 percent from the field. He scored in double-figures six times and led the team in blocks on 13 occasions, second-most on the team. He spent the 2015 NBA Summer League with the HEAT appearing in four games (all starts) and averaged 13.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.75 blocks and 25.5 minutes while shooting 60 percent from the field. He helped Miami to a perfect 4-0 record over that span while leading the team in rebounds (31), blocks (7) and field goals made (21).

Miami also signed undrafted forward Stefan Jankovich earlier in the day, giving the team 16 players under contract. The team can carry up to 20 players into training camp but must cut that down to 15 in time for the regular season.