After they were unable to move him leading up to the trade deadline, the Celtics agreed to a buyout with veteran big man David Lee on Friday. He’s going to clear waivers on Sunday, and after that, he already has his next team picked out: the Mavericks.
Lee, a two-time All-Star, is expected to sign with the Mavericks for the prorated NBA room exception of $2.1 million after he clears waivers Sunday.
Lee was bought out by the Celtics on Friday and has said he will seek a winning situation in which he could receive a rotation role.
The Mavericks are in the process of deciding which player could be waived to create a roster spot, league sources said. Lee would provide the Mavericks with reserve scoring behind Dirk Nowitzki.
Lee hasn’t played much for the Celtics, and that’s coming off a year in which he saw his minutes and role greatly reduced on the Warriors’ 2015 championship team. He doesn’t really help the Mavs beyond bringing veteran championship experience — like Dirk Nowitzki, he can’t defend anyone, and he’s gotten slower with age. But the Mavs are thin up front, with rotation minutes going to the likes of JaVale McGee and Charlie Villanueva.
In order to sign Lee, Dallas will have to waive one player to open up a roster spot. Looking at their roster, little-used guard John Jenkins seems like the logical candidate, but as of now, they haven’t made a decision.