But Lee started Dallas’ last four games before the season got suspended and could have filled a role as play resumes at Disney World.
Unfortunately, the shooting guard apparently suffered a calf injury and underwent surgery.
Marc Stein of The New York Times:
The Mavericks will be among the teams looking for roster reinforcements Tuesday when the NBA's one-week transaction window opens after veteran swingman Courtney Lee suffered a calf injury during the shutdown that required surgery, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 22, 2020
Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
Source confirms @TheSteinLine report that Mavs SG Courtney Lee suffered a significant calf injury in a “freak accident.” Lee, a valued veteran presence, averaged 6.6 points on 50% FG in 22.8 minutes per game during March.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 22, 2020
Bobby Marks of ESPN:
The proposed roster rules originally allowed teams to replace a player that was deemed out for the season with an injury. That is not the case with the new rules.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 22, 2020
The Mavericks have a full roster. However, they could open a spot by waiving Lee, who’s on an expiring contract. They’d lose his Bird Rights for the offseason, but those likely won’t matter, anyway. At 35 next offseason, Lee won’t command a high salary if Dallas wants him back.