May. 03, 2017
Will Willie Reed return with the Heat next season?
Likely opting out of his $1.6 million deal for the 2017/18 season, Willie Reed is expected to hit the open market in July. After having a good season with the Heat, he could be looking at a big pay-day.
Reed averaged 5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 14.5 minutes per game. But as a fill in starter for Hassan Whiteside, he averaged 14.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 68.6 percent from the field.
The Heat are expected to have $38 million available in cap space this summer, but will prioritize using most of it to either re-sign both Dion Waiters and James Johnson, or even pursue a star free agent like Gordon Hayward. Regardless, Willie Reed's asking price may determine if he's back with the heat or not next season.
There's a chance he could get up to $10 million per year, putting him out of the Heat's pricing range. As we seen from last year's free agency, teams are still willing to spend big on a center. Washington gave backup center Ian Mahinmi a 4 year 64 million deal. It's no question Willie Reed loves this team. But will he be willing to accept less, say the $4.3 million room exception, to return?
Reed will spend the off-season in Miami to focus on improving his body and footwork.
“We all have families,” Reed told the . “We all want to be a part of something special. I love this team, I love these guys in the locker room. Being here would be great. Hopefully something works out. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m just going to continue to do my part, continue to embrace this culture and embrace those guys that are around this summer as we continue to try to get better.”