Brooklyn Nets reserve big man Willie Reed is out six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, the team announced Friday.
Reed suffered the injury in his preseason debut against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. He played just five minutes after missing the Nets’ first three preseason games with a quad strain.
Reed has been trying to catch on with an NBA team after going undrafted in 2011. He’s gotten contracts with several teams, but he’s never made an NBA appearance, and has instead had plenty of success in the D-League.
Reed played for the Miami Heat in Summer League this year, but he signed a partially guaranteed pact with the Nets that guarantees him $500,000 until regular-season play begins. If he’s still on the roster after that, his entire minimum contract is guaranteed.
The Nets’ frontcourt rotation isn’t anything all that impressive, and Reed could’ve played his way into the rotation with a strong preseason. This injury comes at an inopportune time, but perhaps Brooklyn will keep him around as he recovers.