Oct 7, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Willie Reed (3) defends against Chicago Bulls power forward Erik Murphy (31) during the fourth quarter at Scottrade Center. Chicago defeated Memphis 106-87. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings Sign Big Man Willie Reed, Assign Him To D-League


The Sacramento Kings signed big man Willie Reed as a free agent for the remainder of the season, according to the team’s official website. He was assigned to the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate

Reed has played the last two seasons with the Springfield Armor of the D=League. In 44 games, 33 of them stats, he averaged 14.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game on 59 percent shooting. He leads the D-League this season with 173 offensive rebounds and 446 total rebounds. His 10.1 average is third in the league.

Reed, 23, played two seasons at Saint Louis before he became embroiled in an off-court controversy, as he was suspended along with teammate Kwamain Mitchell in October 2010. He returned to Saint Louis for the spring semester in early 2011, but wound up declaring for the NBA Draft.

He was undrafted and signed to play with CB Sant Josep, in Spain’s lower-tier Liga EBA, but left before the start of their regular season.

The 6-foot-10, 220-pounder who can play either power forward or center spent training camp in 2012 with the Kings before he was waived in the preseason and wound up signing with the Armor. He signed with the Grizzlies in April 2013 but did not appear in any games.

Memphis cut Reed at the end of the preseason and he re-signed with the Armor before joining the Kings.

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