David Lee won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors last season but the veteran forward could be without a team before the NBA trade deadline as the Celtics are considering of buying out his contract or trade him this season.
Howard Beck of Bleacher Report updated on Twitter on the status of Lee with the Celtics:
Some trade buzz: BOS intends to move David Lee by Feb. 18 deadline, or buy him out. Lee is out of rotation and wants a role somewhere.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February 3, 2016
Lee has lost his spot in Boston’s rotation with the Celtics having enough bodies to play the forward and center spots, Lee’s NBA position. The Celtics want to give more playing time to their young prospects and Lee is not part of the Boston’s long-term plans.
Lee cannot be traded back to the Warriors as per NBA trade rules where players traded can not go back to their previous team after the season the deal was made.
However, Lee is still an effective player when given playing time and minutes. The 11-year veteran has started in 4 of 30 games for the Celtics this season with averages of 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
A number of teams appear to be fit with Lee’s style of play and his rebounding and scoring can help these NBA squads.
In the East, playoff contenders like the Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat could use a big man like Lee. In the West, the Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks appear to be good destinations for the veteran.
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