NBA Trade News: Boston Celtics are ready to deal David Lee, the veteran Power Forward. As of now, there aren’t reports of any suitors lining up to absorb Lee’s expiring contract.
Golden State Warriors had traded Lee in the off-season in an effort to curtail their burgeoning payroll. Lee stands to make $15 million this season, the last year of the six-year $79 million contract he signed with New York Knicks back in 2010-11 before being traded to the Warriors.
After losing his starting role to Draymond Green last season, Lee’s playing time saw a considerable decrease. But the move to Celtics hasn’t helped Lee, whose minutes (15.8), points (7.3) and rebounds (4.3) per game are all down from last season, let alone his All-Star years.
Celtics’ frontcourt is already crowded with the likes of Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Tyler Zeller battling for playing time. “The Celtics have been very solid, but Coach Brad Stevens has a minutes problem, as evidenced by the lack of time for David Lee—whose expiring contract is available, per league sources,” wrote NBA.com.
Despite Lee’s reduced production, he can still put up double-double numbers on a nightly basis with a team that requires veteran leadership in the front court.
The other option for Celtics is to let Lee’s contract expire – and perhaps waive Johnson and Jerebko, whose salaries are un-guaranteed next season. This way, Boston could create a ton of cap space to make a splash in the next free agency.
Stay tuned for NBA Trade News.