Mavericks ‘frontrunners’ to sign David Lee
After the Boston Celtics could not work out a trade to unload David Lee and his $15.5 million salary, they did the next best thing. Waive him. They did so Friday as part of a buyout agreement with Lee and his agent.
Once Lee clears waivers — a certainty, no team has the cap space to claim him off waivers — he will be an unrestricted free agent. The Dallas Mavericks are the front-runners to sign him, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
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
Undoubtedly, other teams will contact Lee to see if they can pry him away from Mark Cuban and the Mavs. Lee has said his decision will be about winning but also about minutes and not being glued to the bench, something that happened regularly this season with Boston.
Dallas has Dirk Nowitzki at the four, Dwight Powell backs him up. There is Zaza Pachulia at the five, and JaVale McGee behind him. Lee could provide some minutes in that rotation, especially in a small ball lineup. Expect a decision to be made soon so David Lee can become accustomed to his new team.