The Brooklyn Nets have officially agreed to an unguaranteed contract and training camp invite with big man Willie Reed on Thursday, general manager Billy King announced on Thursday. This comes on the heels of the Nets voiding the contract of another big man, Hamady Ndiaye, after he failed his physical due to an elbow injury.
Reed went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft out of St. Louis University, but was eventually selected in the second round, 30th overall, in the 2012 NBA Developmental League Draft by the Springfield Armor. In two seasons in the D-League, with the Armor and the Reno Bighorns, Reed averaged 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes. That was good enough to earn him All-NBA D-League Honorable Mention during the 2012-13 season.
Reed has never played in the NBA before. He did sign with the Grizzlies on the last day of the 2012-13 season, but never played. He then signed with the Sacramento Kings last year and once again didn’t play.
Reed could have a shot to play with the Nets though. They didn’t address their backup center position after Andray Blatche left, but in recent weeks they have been aggressive in finding low-cost big men to invite to camp. On top of potentially using Cory Jefferson as a rebounding specialist, they have signed Jerome Jordan and then Hamady Ndiaye.
The Nets were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season in the rebounding category and that was with half a season of Reggie Evans and a full season of Blatche. With those two gone they really only have Kevin Garnett who excels at rebounding as both Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee aren’t the best on the glass.
The Nets currently have 13 guaranteed contracts so it appears that either Reed, Jordan or Jefferson will have a chance to grab one of those final two spots.Training camp officially starts on Saturday.