The Pistons will be without newly acquired big man Willie Reed for a while.
The NBA announced Tuesday that Reed is suspended for six games as a result of a domestic-violence incident involving his wife. Reed’s suspension is without pay and begins immediately with Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets; the next game he’ll be eligible to play will be Feb. 25 at Charlotte, after the NBA All-Star break.
The incident occurred in August 2017 in Miami and Reed, 27, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor offense. In October, he participated in a pretrial diversion program and the criminal charge was resolved.
The NBA also investigated the incident and determined the appropriate penalty.
“The six-game suspension is based on all facts and circumstances of this matter and considers the conduct and its result, the outcome of the criminal matter, and Reed’s voluntary participation in counseling as well as the court-mandated program, among other factors,” a league statement read.
The Pistons acquired Reed, a 6-foot-10 center, in last week’s deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, which also included Blake Griffin and Brice Johnson. Reed has played in two of the three games since he joined the Pistons.