David Lee PF/C BOS 2 months ago

Lee was dealt to the Celtics for Gerald Wallace on Tuesday, ESPN reports.

After a season in which he took a back seat to Draymond Green in the Warriors' starting five, Lee's expected change of destination has come to fruition, and he'll almost likely slot in as the starting power forward with the Celtics. In four regular-season nods with Golden State last season, he averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 26 minutes.

David Lee PF/C BOS 2 months ago

Lee missed 33 games due to injury (back/hamstring) this season. He averaged 7.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 0.6 steals in 18 minutes per game through 49 games in 2014-15.

The 32-year-old, who finished his 10th NBA season, is under team control through 2015-16. Lee sustained an injury to his hamstring in October, and did not return until December. After missing time, Lee was surpassed on the depth chart by Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, and Andre Iguodala, starting in only four games. Last season, Lee averaged 18.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 33 minutes per game through 69 games. Lee will most likely be traded by the Warriors this offseason, where his production and minutes could increase on a different roster.

David Lee PF/C BOS 3 months ago

Lee and the Warriors will mutually pursue a trade this offseason, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.

Despite contributing to a championship-winning team, it was well known that Lee would likely seek a new home this offseason after falling out of the rotation for parts of the 2014-15 season. The two-time All-Star averaged near-career-lows across the board, playing only 18.4 minutes per game as the backup to do-it-all forward Draymond Green. The 32-year-old Lee has one year and $15.5 million remaining on his contract, but despite the large cap number, he figures to draw interest due to the fact that the deal expires after next season. Lee, who has his issues defensively, is just a year removed from averaging 18.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

David Lee PF/C BOS 3 months ago

Lee will be in the frontcourt rotation Thursday at Cleveland, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Regarding his Game 3 performance, coach Steve Kerr said, "He played well, and we looked good when he was out there."

Lee made his first appearance of the Finals on Tuesday, logging 13 minutes to spur a late surge. In the process, he posted 11 points (4-4 FG, 3-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Because Draymond Green is contending with back spasms as a result of a fall in Sunday's Game 2, Lee could garner significant run Thursday, as Green's level of health is unknown at the moment.

David Lee PF/C BOS 3 months ago

Lee finished his first NBA Finals game with 11 points (4-4 FG, 3-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 13 minutes on Tuesday in the Warriors' 96-91 Game 3 loss.

Lee led the team with a postive-17 plus/minus and was second to Stephen Curry with nine second-half points. His inclusion in the rotation limited Andrew Bogut to 17 minutes.

David Lee PF/C BOS 4 months ago

Lee will play in Game 5 on Wednesday against Memphis, Diamond Leung of the Mercury News reports.

Lee played 15 minutes off the bench and scored five points in Monday's win over the Grizzlies. With Marreese Speights sidelined for the remainder of the series with a calf injury, Lee should continue to get minutes off the bench. He will likely be a low-end fantasy option for the remainder of the series, however.

David Lee PF/C BOS 4 months ago

Lee could see additional time on the court over the next week with the injury to Marreese Speights (calf) according to coach Steve Kerr, the Mercury News reports.

Speights was diagnosed with a strained right calf Sunday and has been ruled out for at least one week. Lee has seen just nine total minutes through the first three games of the Memphis series, so even a limited role in Kerr's rotation will be an improvement. Although, Speights was only averaging eight minutes during the same time span so Lee likely isn't in store for a significant boost in playing time if does in fact absorb Speights spot in the rotation.

David Lee PF/C BOS 4 months ago

Lee (back) returned to action in the Warriors' second round opener against the Grizzlies, logging two rebounds in four minutes of action.

Lee hasn't logged a game since April 13, so it's an encouraging sign to see him return to action at a good time. The Warriors appear to be breezing through the Playoffs with ease, which means Lee will likely see his minutes rise up gradually and not instantaneously. He adds depth to the Warriors' front court and should see improvement over the next few games.

David Lee PF/C BOS 4 months ago

Lee (back) expects to play in the Warriors' second-round series, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Lee missed the whole first round due to a lower-back strain, but it sounds as though he'll play more in the second series. While the team was able to pass through the Pelicans relatively easily, extra big bodies could be helpful when potentially facing the Grizzles' Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.

David Lee PF/C BOS 4 months ago

Lee (back) was available to play in Game 4 against the Pelicans but ultimately logged a DNP-CD.

The Warriors are probably being cautious in Lee's return, and it may be awhile before he returns to his usual minutes load. Consider him a game-time decision for the Warriors' second round opener against either the winner of the Portland-Memphis series.