Willie Reed Rumors

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Willie Reed
Willie Reed
Position: F-C
Born: 05/16/90
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $874,636
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Willie Reed is not wearing a boot but the injury to his right ankle has him listed as day-to-day. Coach Erik Spoelstra now has to divvy up Reed’s 15 minutes per game and 36-year-old Haslem will be part of that plan. “UD is so exceptional because he keeps himself ready and when you need him he’s going to be productive and he’s going to help your team,” Spoelstra said. “But then if you’re playing a young guy like Willie there’s nobody supporting him more and infusing such great positive energy to him and so pure about it that Willie feels he can do anything because he has a three-time champion behind him, encouraging him, teaching him, pushing him that I think that’s really elevated Willie’s play.”
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Not only did backup center Willie Reed enter the week leading the Heat in plus/minus (minus 2), but he’s averaging as many points per 48 minutes as Rudy Gobert and DeAndre Jordan (17.8) and more than Robin Lopez and Marcin Gortat, and his 16.9 rebounds per 48 is 13th among all NBA centers. By opting out this summer, he will likely get far more than the $1.5 million he’s due from Miami next season.
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Among the benefits of the new collective-bargaining agreement that goes into place on July 1 are automatic raises for players whose previous contracts fall below the minimum thresholds set in the new agreement, included in that group are the Heat’s Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Willie Reed and Rodney McGruder. For Richardson, it’s an additional $500,000 on top of the $1 million he was scheduled to receive next season. For Winslow, a $400,000 boost next season and then a $1.1 million boost if the Heat choose to exercise their rookie-scale option on his 2018-19 salary. In addition, the new rules allow for Richardson to sign an extension next season.
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Should McGruder make it through this season’s Jan. 10 contract-guarantee date, the rookie swingman would receive a $400,000 increase under the new CBA for his previously negotiated non-guaranteed 2017-18 salary. In addition, the player option that Reed holds for 2017-18 goes up $500,000 as a result of the new agreement. “It’s always good when you’re making more money than you thought you would,” Reed said. “I was excited when I found out. I’m just looking forward to where the NBA is going to go from here.