Brooklyn Nets power forward Willie Reed will be out 6-8 weeks following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN reports.
Reed tore the UCL in his thumb Wednesday and will be out until at least December.
Willie Reed tore the UCL in his right thumb during Wednesday's preseason game against the Celtics, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com reports.
Reed is scheduled to undergo surgery on the thumb Friday, after which the Brooklyn Nets should have an idea of how long of a recovery timetable he'll face. The forward had just gotten over a right quad strain that had been bothering him through much of camp, but the injury he suffered in Wednesday's game sounds like it could be even more significant. Even if he had stayed healthy during camp, Reed was viewed as a long shot to make the Nets' roster out of training camp.
Nets point forward Willie Willie Reed (right quadriceps strain) made his preseason debut Wednesday against the Celtics. He played five minutes and went 0 for 2 from the field.
Reed likely doesn't have much guaranteed money attached to the one-year deal he signed with the Brooklyn Nets prior to training camp, so the fact he missed the team's first three preseason games due to injury may be the death blow to his hopes of winning a roster spot. Coach Lionel Hollins figures to hand Reed more minutes in the exhibitions to come in an effort to see what the forward can do, but he'll really need to fill up the stat sheet in order to make a compelling case to stick with the Nets.
Willie Reed (quadriceps) will sit out Thursday's preseason game against the Pistons.
It's the second straight game Reed will miss on account of the right quad strain. Unless he's able to get back on the court in short order and play out of his mind for the remainder of the preseason, Reed stands minimal chance of cracking the Brooklyn Nets ' opening night roster.
Brooklyn Nets forward Willie Reed (quad) will skip the preseason game against Fenerbahce Ulker on Monday.
Reed was held out of practice Thursday due to the issue, but has reportedly seen improvement. It's not a big surprise that he'll continue resting his quad. But given his standing with the team, he could use all the preseason action possible to leave enough of an imprint to warrant a roster spot for the regular season.
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