Free agent forward David Lee, a part of Warriors’ 2015 championship team, isn’t ruling the possibility of returning to Golden State next season.
Last offseason, Lee was traded to Boston Celtics since Warriors needed cap room to sign Draymond Green to a long term extension. At the time, Lee was owed a little over $15 million by the Warriors. Prior to the trade deadline, Lee’s contract was bought out and he was traded to Dallas Mavericks.
David Lee returning to the Bay?
Lee is once again a free agent and could be willing to re-join the Warriors on a veteran minimum deal. Warriors won’t be able to offer Lee a lucrative contract after acquiring Kevin Durant, David West and Zaza Pachulia over the last few days.
On Tuesday, Lee told TMZ that he could possibly return to the Warriors. “We’re still trying to figure it out,” the 33-year-old former all-star said after leaving a Fourth of July party at Nobu in Malibu.
Lee acknowledged that Durant joining Golden State has changed the dynamic of the NBA. “Everything goes from what KD did and that kind of sets the table for the rest of the league.”
Warriors front court….
Lee would be a valuable addition to Golden State’s second unit after the team was forced to let go of Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Anderson Varejao and Marreese Speights. While Pachulia and West are valuable additions, the Warriors are still relatively thin in their front court rotation with rookie Damian Jones and sophomore Kevin Looney the only other options.
When asked if he was willing to take a massive pay cut to return to the Bay Area, Lee said: “We’ll see what happens.”
With father time catching up, David Lee would find it hard to get a lucrative deal elsewhere especially after averaging 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds last season with the Celtics and Mavericks.