The Miami Heat have denied a report that center Willie Reed was offered a three-year, $15 million contract.
According to ESPN, Reed was advised to turn down the offer by one of the 10 people arrested for his part in the corruption investigation that has rocked college basketball.
Christian Dawkins promised Reed he could make more money, ESPN said. Reed, who had declined a $1.6 million player option to return to Miami, wound up signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract in August with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Reed, 27, has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim saying he was defrauded. Dawkins worked for prominent NBA agent Andy Miller and his company, ASM, before being terminated in early May, yet he remained the primary ASM representative for Reed and other players.
Multiple clients have since severed ties with Miller.
Dawkins was arrested for his role in the FBI probe. He was connected to two separate fraud and bribery schemes and was indicted on four counts of wire fraud. The University of Miami is one of the schools being investigated.
On Aug. 6, three days after signing with the Clippers, Reed was arrested in Miami on a domestic violence charge. He was taken into custody before posting a $1,500 cash bond and was released to Heat forward Okaro White, Reed’s teammate last season.
Reed terminated his contract with Miller on the evening of July 11, ESPN reported. Dawkins represented Reed and others well after he was believed to have been fired for racking up $42,000 in Uber charges on an unnamed NBA player’s credit card.
Reed, the Heat’s backup center during his one year with the team, turned down his option seeking a much larger pay day. He made just more than $1 million last season and has earned just under $2 million in his two full seasons in the NBA.
Reed averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 71 games with the Heat last season. He is expected to backup starting center DeAndre Jordan with the Clippers.
Miller represents more than 40 current NBA players including Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Myles Turner.