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Courtney Lee | Guard | #5

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/3/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 200
College: Western Kentucky
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (22) / ORL
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Jeff Hornacek told Courtney Lee the Knicks are going to "run a lot" this season.
Hornacek's teams have been fast in the past while the Knicks have been really slow. Specifically, the Knicks have been in the bottom seven for each of the last four seasons, but some of that has to do with personnel. Lee isn't going to light it up in the scoring column, but he's a sneaky low-demand target with a high floor in the later rounds of drafts. Sep 26 - 7:50 PM

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Courtney Lee is expecting to take more 3-pointers this season.

"I think my 3-point attempt numbers will increase, because of our style of play," Lee said. "My teams in the past have played more through the post." The Knicks are expected to push the pace under Jeff Hornacek, and Lee has virtually no competition at shooting guard other than Justin Holiday -- the Knicks also don't plan on using Derrick Rose next to Brandon Jennings much. Lee has a nice floor in fantasy and is a solid pick in the later rounds for owners targeting points, steals and treys.
Sep 26 - 1:38 PM

Courtney Lee believes the Knicks will be contenders this season.

"They didn’t make the playoffs last year, but we’re looking to change that and win big," Lee said. "The ring is the ultimate goal for everybody on the team; I know it is for me. When they talked to me and told me about the pieces they were adding alongside the players who were already there, I didn’t think anything less than a championship [was the goal]." He's probably been hanging out with Derrick Rose since the former MVP called the Knicks a "Super Team." Regardless, Lee will be the starting SG in New York's up-tempo offense and could have sneaky fantasy value with healthy contributions in 3-pointers and steals.
Sep 3 - 1:02 PM

Unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Knicks.

The Knicks had to ante up for the 30-year-old wing due to the competition, and they certainly did here. Lee is a fantastic fit for the 2016-17 roster as a low-usage player with range while he should be the primary perimeter defender. Lee has been hanging around 30 minutes per game in each of his last three seasons, which is a fair expectation next season. He won't have much fantasy value.
Jul 2 - 7:49 PM

The Knicks offered unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee an offer of $40 million-plus over four years, according to's Ian Begley.

The fourth year is big for a 31-year-old Lee, so teams might have a tough time matching this deal. Lee is a capable wing for his defense and shooting while not commanding the ball a lot will mesh nicely with Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony. He wouldn't have much fantasy value, of course.
Jul 2 - 2:45 PM

The Knicks have made a four-year offer to unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee, but he "has a variety of suitors and is working through the options," according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Lee will be 31 when the season starts, so a four-year deal would be a really nice get. If he does want to go to a contending team, those teams might only be willing to go for three years. It sounds like his deal could be done in the next day or so with the Wolves, 76ers, Hornets, and Kings also interested.
Jul 1 - 8:42 PM

The Wolves have "definite interest" on unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee, according to reporter Darren Wolfson.

A lot of teams are after Lee, including the Knicks, Kings, 76ers, Hawks Hornets and more. Lee will be in demand as a combo wing with plus-defense, solid efficiency and at least some capability of handling the ball. He will be 31 years old when the season starts.
Jul 1 - 4:43 PM

Courtney Lee is the Knicks' top target at shooting guard according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Lee will meet with the Knicks on Friday, but it's also worth noting that the Kings have interest in the guard as well. Lee would immediately step in as the starting shooting guard in New York, so that would be a decent landing spot for him. Lee averaged 8.9 points for the Hornets last season, shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Jul 1 - 1:02 AM

The Knicks will reportedly look to upgrade the shooting guard position via free agency.

Kent Bazemore, Bradley Beal, Courtney Lee and Kevin Martin are all reportedly on the Knicks' radar, with Bazemore being their first choice. Beal is will be a restricted free agent, and it doesn't seem likely that the Knicks will be able to lure him away from Washington, even if they come in with a max-deal. Lee and Martin are realistic targets, although they wouldn't have all that much value in New York fighting for touches with the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis.
Jun 29 - 12:15 PM

The 76ers are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee.

Lee reportedly is more of a backup plan for the 76ers, but there's no indication that the feeling is mutual. While the 76ers could offer Lee a ton of money, it would be surprising to see him choose to join a team going through a rebuild at this stage in his career. The Kings are also said to be in the mix to sign Lee, but Lee's first choice would be to re-up with the Hornets.
Jun 29 - 10:32 AM

Courtney Lee is looking for $14 million per season on his next contract, according to KSTP's Darren Wolfson.

That seems like a big number for Lee, but all asking prices will be inflated given where the NBA's salary cap is headed. It's certainly conceivable—and quite likely—that Lee fetches a double-digit number on an annual basis, and a potential bidding war could certainly drive Lee's price up to or beyond his reported asking price.
Jun 27 - 9:43 AM

The Kings are interested in free agent shooting guard Courtney Lee according to Kings Insider James Ham.

The Kings could use an upgrade at shooting guard and Ben McLemore is rumored to be available in trade talks, so Lee would make sense. Coach Dave Joerger is said to be a fan of Lee and obviously coached him in Memphis, but it's unclear if the interest is mutual. The Hornets traded for Marco Belinelli which might mean they're preparing to lose Lee in free agency, as he will reportedly demand around $10 million per season.
Jun 26 - 9:37 AM

Courtney Lee said that while he's hopeful he can return to Charlotte as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, he'll be looking for an offer that grants him the most financial security.

"In an ideal world, I’d like to stay," Lee said. "With Charlotte, there’s mutual interest. They’ve already expressed that they want me to come back, but in the same sense, there’s four or five other [Hornets] free agents. So you have to see how the money plays out." With the salary cap set to spike to an estimated $92 million this offseason, Lee should be able to secure an annual salary in the $11-14 million range. Nicolas Batum, Al Jefferson, Jeremy Lin, Tyler Hansbrough and Marvin Williams will also hit the open market this summer, so it'll be interesting to see if the Hornets can retain Lee.

Courtney Lee said that he'd like to re-sign with the Hornets.

"Of course I would like to be [back]," he said. "[I] got a chance to build chemistry and friendships with the guys since I’ve been here and it’s been fun playing with them. Everybody is just playing together. There’s no egos out there at all. It’s always about making the right play and the best play to help win and that’s the kind of guys I want to be on a team with." Charlotte holds Lee's Bird rights, but that doesn't mean he's a lock to return.
May 23 - 9:58 AM

Courtney Lee made 3-of-11 from the field for eight points in 42 minutes against the Heat on Saturday, adding three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

The minutes and usage really jump out here. Lee is going to get some serious burn and his defense was pretty solid in this game, as well. He'll be a nice punt play, especially since most people won't be on him due to the inefficient outing. Lee's issue has usually been a lack of usage, but it should be better now with Nicolas Batum (ankle) out.
Apr 23 - 8:42 PM