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Nets sign Willie Reed to partially guaranteed deal

Springfield Armor

Willie Reed, who played for the Nets D-League team in Springfield, then was invited to training camp last fall, only to be cut, has been signed to a "mostly guaranteed" one-year contract, Shams Charania of RealGM reports. David Aldridge tweets the guarantee is $500,000, about half what he'd receive if he makes the team.

With his son in his arms, Reed inked the deal in Orlando.

Reed, a 6'10" center/power forward, is currently playing for the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League, scored 15 points and had eight rebounds Sunday vs. the Nets. He averaged 13.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in four games.

The signing raises questions as to whether the Nets will pursue Sasha Kaun, the 30-year-old Russian center. The signing of Wayne Ellington earlier Thursday for the remainder of the MiniMLE means the Nets could only offer Kaun the rookie minimum of $525,000.

Reed has had chances with several NBA teams in training camps and on call-ups but never played a minute in an NBA game.  In an interview with the Palm Beach Post published Thursday morning he described why he continues.

"Since I was three years old, the only thing I've ever wanted to do was play in the NBA. While I’m young, I’m gonna keep fighting for what I love and what I always wanted to do."

The 25-year-old Kansas City native had been expected to sign a training camp deal with some Heat beat writers suggesting he could be this year's Hassan Whiteside, a reference to the D-League call-up who energized Miami's late season surge. Reed encouraged teams to call him up with his #callWillieup social media campaign during his two years with the Armor, then the Nets D-League team. Seems like its finally worked!