After being waived by his current team, the Boston Celtics, veteran center David Lee could find himself landing with the Dallas Mavericks.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported that the Texas team is the frontrunner for Lee, who was waived by the Celtics on Friday.
The Dallas Mavericks are significant frontrunners for free agent David Lee, who was waived by Boston, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 19, 2016
Lee was one of the many players rumored to be available for trades before Thursday’s deadline but Boston found no takers for the veteran, who is the final year of his deal worth about $15.5 million this season.
Lee averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds this season but saw limited playing time in 30 games for the Celtics at 15.7 minutes per game.
Celtics waiving Lee comes as a no surprise with Boston already loaded in their frontcourt featuring players like Amir Johnson, Jarred Sulinger, Jonas Jerebko, Tyler Zeller and Kelly Olynyk.
Lee was acquired by Boston in the last offseason from the Golden State Warriors, where Lee played in their championship run last year.
The Mavericks are one of the playoff contenders so far this season carrying a 29-27 win-loss card through Friday’s games.
Adding Lee to their roster will help their frontcourt, which features the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Zaza Pachulia, Charlie Villanueva and JaVale McGee. The first two big men are locks to get major playing time in the second of the season but Lee could dislodge the latter two in Rick Carlisle’s rotation.
Other teams can actually bid for Lee’s services during the waiver period. But with the huge amount in the final year of his deal, it’s expected that no team will try to acquire Lee from the waiver wire.
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