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Willie Reed returns to Brookiyn Nets practice

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Nets aren't saying when Willie Reed will be available to make his NBA debut, but t 6'11" big finally got back on the court Friday for the non-contact portion of practice. Reed suffered a torn thumb ligament at the end of preseason, needed surgeray and was expected back in December.  So his recovery appears to be on track.

Reed was signed to a partially guaranteed ($500,000) contract in July.  He has since been fully guaranteed at around $947,000.  Reed, a St. Louis product, has played both overseas and the D-League, where he spent most of his time with the Nets' Springfield Armor.  He was both a D-League All-Star and All-Defensive player. He has career averages of 15.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game.

Twice, the 25-year-old Reed was called up from the D-League, once by the Grizzlies, once by the Kings, but didn't get off the bench for either.  Reed played well for the Heat in the Orlando Summer League and was rumored to be a candidate for Miami's training camp, but the Nets offered him a guarantee.

Once Reed returns --and assuming no other Nets go down-- that will leave only 6'11" rookie Chris McCullough on the injured list. McCullough is rehabbing from torn ACL surgery following an injury last January while playing for Syracuse.