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At 6-foot-11, 231 pounds, Reed has been a dynamic post player for the Heat early in summer league. He put up 13 points and 11 rebounds in Monday’s 78-73 win over the Pistons at Amway Center and consistently looks out of place in games featuring mostly rookies and fringe players. In the first two games, he totaled 24 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots in 48 minutes. “He brings us a shot-blocking presence around the rim and he’s a high-motor big,” said Heat assistant Dan Craig, head coach of the summer team. “It’s contagious with everybody else. He gives you extra possessions with his offensive rebounding. He’s been tremendous.”
Reed’s career got off track beginning with a sexual assault allegation — charges were not pressed — that led to him being kicked off the team at St. Louis University. He declared for the 2011 draft, did not get picked and entered the D-League with the Springfield (Mass.) Armor. He earned a training camp invite from Sacramento in 2012 and was cut just before the season started. The same thing happened with Memphis a year later and in Brooklyn last fall. He also played for the Pacers’ summer league team last year. “The process has really helped me become the person I am now,” Reed said. “I’m glad I learned from it and became a better man and a better man of God. Now everything’s starting to turn around.