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David Lee | Center/Forward

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/29/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 245
College: Florida
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Brad Stevens said David Lee fits "perfectly" into what the Celtics want to do on the court.
Last season, Lee was banished to the bench as his Golden State Warriors team took off to win the title. This season, Lee is going to play a sizable role on a Boston team looking for direction. Currently the favorite to begin the season in the starting five alongside Amir Johnson, Lee is worth a flier toward the end of your draft. Bump him up slightly in those leagues that reward double-double's, as well. Oct 5 - 9:05 AM

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David Lee said the frontcourt rotation for the Celtics is still unclear.

Lee said that he has been playing with a different combination of players each day, so there is still a ton of unanswered questions with the season less than a month away. Additionally, head coach Brad Stevens said not to read too much into his rotations during the preseason. Lee is still the favorite to start next to Amir Johnson and Stevens has hinted that he wants Lee to play a point forward role, so he is a solid gamble in the later rounds.
Oct 2 - 12:27 PM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said David Lee is a point forward due to his ability to make plays.

Lee is battling for minutes in the Celtics front court, but it's always nice to hear words of praise from a head coach. Local beat writers have speculated Lee will start alongside Amir Johnson,and he'd be a solid late-round flier if he's able to secure a starting job over Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, and Kelly Olynyk.
Oct 1 - 11:59 AM

David Lee said that he views the competition for playing time in Boston as a positive.

"Competing for minutes - that is a great problem to have," said Lee. "It gets everybody motivated, coming to camp when they aren't saying, `I know I'm the superstar or the starter no matter what.' Competition at every position is a healthy thing." Lee is currently the favorite to start at power forward for the Celtics, a move that would send Jared Sullinger to the bench, although nothing is set in stone at this point. Given Boston's wealth of big man options, Lee could find himself in a value-killing timeshare, so he's not worth much more than a late-round selection on draft day.
Sep 26 - 1:56 PM

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe speculates that Amir Johnson and David Lee will start in the frontcourt for the Celtics next season.

This does make a lot of sense, as both players are established veterans. Lee is an excellent rebounder and scorer, but playing alongside Johnson could make up for his defensive deficiencies. Jared Sullinger is working hard to trim down this summer and he could be in the mix as well, but it appears that Lee and Johnson are the favorites to start for now. Tyler Zeller would move to the bench with this news, and he would be battling for minutes off the bench with Kelly Olynyk at the center spot. There will be plenty of competition for spots during training camp, so we will be watching this situation very closely.

Celtics acquire F David Lee in exchange for F Gerald Wallace and G/F Chris Babb.

The move, which had been reported earlier this offseason, is now finally official. Lee will have plenty to prove as he enters a contract season after not playing a real role with the Warriors en route to Golden State winning a title, but it's not clear how Boston's frontcourt will shake out yet without a real center and with Lee, Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk all in the mix for minutes.

David Lee said the Celtics will be "in the discussion" to sign him in the summer of 2016.

The trade of Lee is expected to become official on Monday. Lee points out that the Celtics have money to sign "big-time guys" next summer, but he would really have to bust out this season to get that distinction. His fantasy value is intriguing this year because of the inconsistency of the Boston frontcourt. He's a solid target in the second half of fantasy drafts.
Jul 24 - 3:44 PM

The trade sending David Lee to Boston is expected to become finalized on Monday.

Lee will have the opportunity to start in Boston, and if he's able to see his minutes in the 30s, he'll be a nightly double-double threat for the Celtics.
Jul 23 - 2:34 PM

The David Lee trade will reportedly be finalized sometime next week.

The Warriors and Celtics have been working out the fine tuning of this trade for about two weeks now, but it sounds like both clubs are on the verge of getting things finalized. Lee gets a boost in fantasy value with the move to Boston, although he will be joining a very crowded frontcourt featuring Amir Johnson, Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller and Kelly Olynyk. Still, he presents enough upside to be worth a late-round selection on draft day.
Jul 21 - 2:34 PM

The Warriors and Celtics are reportedly still structuring the David Lee deal.

According to sources of Adam Himmelsbach, there are several different options for completing the trade, and neither team is in any rush to get everything finalized. In order for the numbers to match there needs to be another small contract offered from Boston's side, and so far, Chris Babb has been mentioned as the likely candidate to be included.
Jul 8 - 9:24 AM

David Lee has reportedly been traded to the Celtics for Gerald Wallace.

While Lee will be joining a rather crowded frontcourt in Boston, he should still see a decent boost in value, as one of Boston's best offensive players down low. He doesn't do a whole lot aside from score and rebound, so he won't be worth much more than a late-round selection on draft day.
Jul 7 - 2:50 PM

The Knicks and Lakers may attempt to trade for David Lee if they miss out on all the big name free agents.

Lee would see a major boost in value if he is shipped out of Golden State, and on either of the aforementioned teams he would have a good chance to average close to 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. Neither the Lakers nor the Knicks are likely to land a marquee player during free agency, so shifting their focus to Lee (who is still a solid offensive player) could make sense.
Jul 2 - 2:27 PM

The Warriors are reportedly not looking to trade David Lee before or during Thursday's 2015 NBA Draft.

The Warriors are more likely to assess Lee's market over the next few weeks, according to Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News, although Kawakami adds that the situation is very fluid. We'll keep an eye on this situation as the draft unfolds, but it sounds like a trade of the Warriors' highest-paid player isn't as imminent as originally thought.
Jun 25 - 1:21 PM

The Warriors are reportedly willing to offer their No. 30 pick in the 2015 NBA draft in order to sweeten a deal involving David Lee.

Lee is owed roughly $15.5 million for the 2015-16 season, but it just doesn't make much sense to keep him on the Dubs' roster with how little he contributes on a nightly basis. Primed into a starting role, Lee is a nightly double-double threat, so he could have his fantasy value restored a bit if he lands in the right situation. As always, we'll be monitoring this situation very closely this offseason.
Jun 23 - 6:00 PM

Bob Myers said that the Warriors front office hasn't yet made any definitive decision on what they will do with David Lee.

"I know it’s been reported [that we will trade Lee], but we’re still trying to figure out everything with the roster," Myers said. "At this stage, we usually have more time before the draft or free agency. But I won’t sit here and say we’ve decided anything definitively... it’s not the right time to even say we’re absolutely going in one direction or the other." For how much money Lee makes, and how often he is utilized in Golden State, it really doesn't make much sense for him to remain in Oakland. He'll more than likely be wearing a different uniform next season.
Jun 19 - 9:43 AM

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SG1Avery Bradley
2R.J. Hunter
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SF1Jae Crowder
2Evan Turner
3James Young
4Perry Jones
5Malcolm Miller
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PF1David Lee
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4Jordan Mickey
C1Amir Johnson
2Tyler Zeller
3Kelly Olynyk