NBA vet Willie Reed goes No. 1 overall in G League draft
NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Reed was the No. 1 pick Saturday in the G League draft, his rights going to the Salt Lake City Stars.
The 28-year-old Reed has spent parts of three seasons in the NBA, appearing in 152 games with the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons.
His career NBA high is 22 points, done twice with the Heat in a span of four days in January 2017. And now he returns to the G League as part of Utah's affiliate club, looking to prove himself again.
Pistons acquire Ennis from Memphis for Johnson, 2nd-rounder
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons capped a busy couple of weeks with an active deadline day.
The Pistons acquired James Ennis from the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday for Brice Johnson and a 2022 second-round draft pick. It was the second deal announced by Detroit on the day of the NBA's trade deadline. The Pistons also acquired Jameer Nelson from Chicago.
The Pistons weren't going to stand pat ahead of the trade deadline. That much was clear the moment they traded for Blake Griffin on Jan. 29 and embarked on their current five-game win streak.
Pistons acquire Nelson in trade with Chicago
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have acquired guard Jameer Nelson from the Chicago Bulls for center Willie Reed.
The teams announced the trade Thursday.
The Bulls also received the right to swap second-round draft picks with Detroit in 2022. Chicago immediately waived Reed.
The Pistons made one of the biggest moves before Thursday's trade deadline in acquiring Blake Griffin.
The Pistons weren't done dealing following the Blake Griffin deal, after all.
Pistons C Willie Reed suspended 6 games by NBA
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed has been suspended for six games by the NBA after the league investigated the circumstances surrounding his arrest on a domestic violence charge.
Reed was arrested last August on a misdemeanor battery charge involving his wife. He entered a pretrial diversion program in October to resolve the charge against him.
The Pistons will be without newly acquired big man Willie Reed for a while.
Mired in an eight-game losing streak, the Detroit Pistons reportedly have acquired forward Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Clippers would also give up Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed while receiving forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley, center Boban Marjanovic and draft picks. Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33 games this season.
Pistons land Griffin from Clippers as LA sheds another star
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons dramatically shook their struggling roster by acquiring one of the NBA's top players in Blake Griffin in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The deal for the five-time All-Star forward was announced early Tuesday, giving Detroit a player who has been the face of the Clippers but whose career has been undercut by injuries.
MIAMI (AP) — The wife of Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed said Wednesday she does not wish to press battery charges against her husband after an argument between the couple led to his weekend arrest.
MIAMI (AP) — New Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed was jailed Sunday in Miami on a battery charge.
His wife told police that he dragged her across the apartment while wrestling for a purse and later pulled her hair and grabbed her by the wrist during an argument Saturday night, according to the police report.
MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic's eyes were red long after the final buzzer. Willie Reed sat at his locker, overcome by emotion. Some players shed tears. Others yelled in frustration.
The Miami Heat won.
The season ended anyway.
The NBA's turnaround story of the season ended without a trip to the playoffs. The Heat beat the Washington Wizards 110-102 on Wednesday night, but finished No. 9 in the Eastern Conference after Chicago and Indiana won to grab the last two remaining postseason spots.
Whiteside gets hurt late, leads Heat past Suns, 112-97
MIAMI (AP) — Hassan Whiteside was enjoying a record-setting night.
By the end, none of that mattered.
Whiteside needed 13 stitches postgame to close a cut in his right hand, overshadowing his 23-point, 14-rebound performance that helped the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 112-97 on Tuesday.
The win put Miami back into playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Those postseason hopes may hinge on how soon Whiteside can play again.
Heat center Willie Reed has bursitis, out for Monday
MIAMI (AP) — Willie Reed will not travel with the Miami Heat for Monday's game in Dallas because of bursitis in his right ankle.
Reed was injured in the fourth quarter of Miami's win over Indiana on Saturday. He limped around for several seconds, then went down in obvious pain and eventually was carted off the court.
The Heat originally called Reed's injury a calf strain, and tests performed Sunday showed the bursitis.
Goran Dragic leads Heat to 6th straight, 100-88 over Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — The mantra of every struggling team is to keep working and things will eventually turn around.
Although it rarely works out that way, the Miami Heat are trying to be the exception.
Goran Dragic had 26 points and 11 assists, Willie Reed scored 20 points and Dion Waiters added 19 to lead the Heat to their sixth straight win Friday night, a 100-88 victory over the bickering Chicago Bulls.
Dragic was asked what has pleased him most about the streak following an 11-30 start.
Lakers roll past Heat 127-100 after Clarkson, Dragic ejected
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams scored 24 points and Luol Deng added 19 points and 14 rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers' fourth victory in 20 games, 127-100 over the Miami Heat on Friday night.
Goran Dragic scored 16 points for Miami before getting ejected along with Los Angeles' Jordan Clarkson after a third-quarter scuffle in which both players appeared to be narrowly stopped from throwing punches.
Booker, Chriss lead Suns past short-handed Heat, 99-90
PHOENIX (AP) — The last time the Phoenix Suns beat the Miami Heat, Devin Booker was 13 years old and rookie Marquese Chriss was 12.
So the Suns' 99-90 victory Tuesday night was a long time coming.
Booker scored 27 points — 18 in the second half — and Chriss added a career-best 18 as Phoenix handed the undermanned Heat their sixth consecutive loss.
The Suns snapped a 12-game losing streak against Miami. Phoenix hadn't beaten the Heat since Nov. 3, 2009.
The rebuilding process has begun.