David Lee played an important role for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, but he was not part of their long-term plans and spent much of the season on the bench. After they had hoisted the trophy, Warriors management appreciated Lee’s taking of a lesser role, and agreed with Lee that they would try to find him a new home for next season .
The Celtics and Warriors agreed to a deal that sends Lee east and brings Gerald Wallace West. Tommy Dee was first to report this, and it has since been confirmed by CSNBayArea.com’s Monte Poole.
Boston needs to send another player west to make the money work; that player has not been finalized but he will not be on a guaranteed deal.
For Boston, this is a good fit. They can play David Lee this year sort of in the Brandon Bass role (Bass signed with the Lakers). Lee is better offensively, even at this point in career, but a step back on defense from Bass. Maybe a couple steps back. Still he can put up points and should mesh well with their young talent.
The Warriors can keep Wallace and save some money, or trade him, but look for Golden State to use the stretch provision to buy Wallace out of his deal. Former Nets executive Bobby Marks laid out why that would help Golden State against the luxury tax (which with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green’s deal was going to get expensive).
Lee took to Instagram to thank the Golden State fans.
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Want to take a moment to thank the entire Bay Area for what's been the best 5 years of my life. The journey from a 23 win team to NBA champs is one I'll never forget. Thanks to the most loyal fans in basketball for supporting me the entire way! This season's success happened because of the amazing character and chemistry from the 15 men on the roster, the front office, coaches, and staff all wanting the same thing, to win a championship. Much Love for the Bay and for the Warriors and I'm truly blessed to have been a part of it! #GSW #FullSquad