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.
Reed wasn't a factor Tuesday as he finished with only two points in 11 minutes. The Miami (FL) product saw most of his action during his rookie season in the G League. However, Reed did manage to see minutes in 21 games for the Suns in which he averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds.
Reed will get the start at shooting guard in Tuesday's matchup with the Mavericks, Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports.
With the Suns' season winding down and the team dealing with a plethora of injuries, Reed has seen his playing time increase down the stretch. Still he has seen more than 20 minutes just once this season, but he could potentially surpass his season high of 24 given his starting role. He could be worth a look in DFS formats.
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