The Heat aren’t just preventing Brooklyn from getting free agents.
They’re taking the Nets’ players, too.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
Willie Reed, 26, played well in limited minutes for Brooklyn last season and in the D-League prior to that. He excels as an efficient interior scorer and rebounder. Reed will back up Hassan Whiteside, and Miami could also pursue an older veteran to share that reserve role.
None of Miami’s other additions prior to matching Tyler Johnson‘s offer sheet — Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Udonis Haslem and Luke Babbitt — have guaranteed 2017-18 salaries. Matching Tyler Johnson’s deal probably made sense only because the Arenas rule limited his salary the next two seasons before it leaps the following two years.
Reed likely got just a minimum deal or the room exception, but the Heat putting his 2017-18 salary in his hands shows their fondness for him.