NBA rumors are stating that the Boston Celtics and David Lee have reached an agreement on a buyout, according to Hoops Rumors. The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly become the top candidates to land the 6’10”, 250 pound forward. The Mavericks are trying to catch up to the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, so adding some firepower to the bench would help them with that goal.
David Lee hasn’t had very much luck over the past two years. He was pushed out of the rotation when the Golden State Warriors experimented with a small ball lineup by inserting guard Andre Iguodala in for center Andrew Bogut. The experiment made the Warriors into a juggernaut, so Lee was the odd man out. David waited patiently in the shadows before the Warriors traded him to the Boston Celtics after winning the NBA Championship.
Despite the lack of minutes over the last two seasons, NBA executives and coaches know that David Lee has talent. This is the same guy that had 65 double doubles in a season for the New York Knicks. In his best season for the Knicks, Lee averaged 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, which puts him in an elite class. His numbers might not be that high again, but he can still be an asset, especially for a team heading to the playoffs.
When DeAndre Jordan changed his mind at the last minute, he left the Dallas Mavericks in a very tough situation. Mark Cuban had to scramble to find a new starting center because Tyson Chandler had slipped away while they were pursuing Jordan. Things looked bleak. Then, the Mavericks sent a second round draft pick to the Milwaukee Bucks and landed Zaza Pachulia, the veteran performer who has solidified the center position for Dallas better than expected.
The marriage between David Lee and the Dallas Mavericks looks like it should work out for everyone involved. David Lee not only gets playing time again, he also becomes a top reserve for a team that should have a decent chance at making the NBA Playoffs. For the Mavericks, this moves works out really well because they were able to add a veteran contributor without being forced to give up one of their young developing players or draft choices.
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