This is a surprising move for the two-time NBA All-Star. He just accepted a veteran’s minimum deal while this off-season features unknown players signing huge deals. But David Lee had different plans as he ultimately signed with the San Antonio Spurs.
The reported deal according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania was a two-year, $3.2M minimum contract. Lee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, has first said the deal to The Vertical. Bartelstein also mentioned that his player turned down larger offers from other teams. David’s contract entitles him to have a player option in the second year of his deal. This last year of the deal will be worth the veteran’s minimum.
Meanwhile, David’s agent had other reasons why the former Mavericks big man signed with the Spurs.
“We’ve been talking to the Spurs for quite a while,” Bartelstein said. “There’s a number of places he could have gone and done better economically,” Mark added.
Lee’s agent also stated that Coach Greg Popovich and General Manager RC Buford have worked very hard in order for David to join San Antonio. In which, the two members of the team have emphasized Lee’s importance to the success of the franchise while talking to the Center. This is actually true since David could still provide valuable experience in the playoffs, particularly when he had become a pivotal player for the Warriors’ title run in 2015.
Meanwhile, there is an earlier report that suggests that he might return to the Golden State Warriors. But it did not happen as the deal with the Spurs ensued.
Moreover, Lee would be a nice addition to the Spurs as another backup big man for the team. San Antonio has earlier signed Pau Gasol as a replacement for Tim Duncan. The team still has LaMarcus Aldridge in the lineup. Now, the team has three All-star centers in which Gasol and Aldridge were still All-Stars, while Lee was a former one back in the 2010 and 2013 seasons.
With his age at 33-years-old, Lee will enter his 13th season for 2016-2017 season suiting up for the Spurs. He had career averages of 14.2 points and 9.2 rebounds while formerly playing for the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks.
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