NBA Trade Rumors: Boston Celtics Buying Out David Lee If No Offer Found

Jack Windham

NBA trade rumors state that Boston Celtics team president Danny Ainge was looking around the league to see if there were any interest in David Lee. The veteran forward has seen his minutes and role decline because the Celtics want to build around their younger front court players, which does not sit well with Lee. Now, reports are surfacing that Ainge could be buying out Lee's final year of his contract if no suitable trade is thrown his way, according to ESPN.

If the buyout happens soon, then David Lee should have plenty of suitors from contending NBA teams that want to load the roster at the last minute before the playoffs roll around. Since his contract is being bought out, Lee will still be receiving a substantial amount of money from the Celtics, which means that he can sign with another team for the minimum contract allowed for a veteran of his stature.

Dirk Nowitzki doesn't have a whole lot of time left in the NBA, so Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has committed to providing as much help as he can so that his star forward can win a second championship before retiring. Cuban lucked out when Zaza Pachulia saved their center position after the DeAndre Jordan fiasco. Adding David Lee, especially for cheap, would help to take some of the offensive burden off of Nowitzki.

Carmelo Anthony has matured as a player, and he's trying his best to be the team leader. However, that's not a natural thing for him to do, so it would not be a bad thing for New York Knicks president Phil Jackson to bring in another veteran that can help guide the young team. David Lee is quite the leader, and he showed a tremendous amount of patience and professionalism when he was removed from the rotation by eventual NBA Champions Golden State Warriors.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott has butted head on more than a few occasions with Julius Randle this year. He knows that his young power forward isn't completely listening to him, so a veteran player might be useful to have around. David Lee can not only teach Randle the ways of the NBA, but he can also fill in at center on nights where Roy Hibbert is simply not being effective.

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