David Lee traded to Celtics
Earlier this afternoon, the Celtics and Warriors agreed to a trade that will send David Lee to Boston in exchange for Gerald Wallace. There are no other names involved as of now, but there might be another player being sent to Golden State by the time the trade is officially completed. The Warriors had been looking to trade Lee since the end of the Finals as he will make more than 15 million dollars in the last year of his deal. Last year Lee’s number declined rapidly as he lost his starting role and played in less than 50 games. Before 2014, Lee was a consistent contributor for Golden State while averaging 16 to 20 points per game. Wallace’s production has declined dramatically since being traded to Boston. This past year, he averaged just over a point in only nine minutes per game.
Lee should have a great impact in Boston. He instantly becomes the best offensive front court player that the team has and his ability to rebound should really help the team as that was a weakness of their’s last season. Lee should step in and start from game one for Boston. If he can stay healthy and be productive, there is no doubt that he should be able to average near a double-double for a young upstart Celtics team. Wallace’s impact with Golden State will probably be vey minimal given where he is at this stage of his career. On the surface this trade looks like a steal for Boston as they acquired a player that should still be very productive. If Lee can help Boston return to the playoffs in an Eastern Conference that should be improved, then the trade will look even better for the Celtics.
Colby Gatz covers the Celtics for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15.