Reed scored 26 points (9-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT) to go along with three rebounds, three steals and two assists in the loss Friday to Long Island.
Reed was one of two players for the Mad Ants to score 20-plus points, as the guard and Stephan Hicks combined to provide most of the damage offensively. Reed is averaging 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals through 10 games this season.
Reed was waived by the Suns on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The Suns recently signed Jamal Crawford to a contract and needed to open up a roster spot, so Reed will be the player that gets released in the corresponding move. Look for Reed to try and latch on elsewhere in the coming few days, but if he doesn't drum up much interest, there's a chance he lands in the G-League to start the year. Reed could also consider heading overseas if a more lucrative contract is offered. In 21 games as a rookie last season, Reed averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds across 11.5 minutes.
The Suns need to move three players to get under the roster limit, and Reed will apparently be one of those casualties. Working a trade appears to be the first option, but if Phoenix can't find a suitor, expect the Miami (FL) product to be released before the end of the day.
Reed's performance in the Las Vegas Summer League was likely the determining factor in the Suns' decision to retain him, as the second-year forward averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 boards and 3.0 assists while shooting 48.9 percent from the field. The 23-year-old's contributions were more modest during his rookie campaign, and he won't necessarily have an easier path to playing time in Year 2 with the Suns adding Trevor Ariza in free agency and spending a first-round pick on a wing player in Mikal Bridges.
Reed supplied 18 points (7-8 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block across 25 minutes during the Suns' 92-85 win over the Mavericks in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Friday.
Reed was near-perfect from the field and made solid contributions across the rest of the stat sheet as well. The 2017 second-round pick logged 21 regular-season appearances during his rookie season, averaging 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds across 11.5 minutes. Reed is capable of playing either small forward or shooting guard, but he's presently buried near the bottom of the depth chart at both positions.
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