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Courtney Lee | Guard | #1

Team: Charlotte Hornets
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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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. Jun 2 - 3:16 PM

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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

Courtney Lee scored five points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Celtics on Monday.

He might have to play more on Wednesday with Nicolas Batum (ankle) getting hurt tonight. Lee only has a 13.5 usage rate with his new team, which would also go up sans Batum. He'll be a possible punt play in DFS, but he might rest, too.
Apr 11 - 10:40 PM

Courtney Lee scored 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting Tuesday, adding two boards, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover through 36 minutes of action.

Lee played some excellent defense against DeMar DeRozan in this one, and he's emerged as a sneaky eighth-round guy in 9-cat leagues over the past six with averages of 10.2 points, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.2 triples, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 turnovers per contest. He's not the most exciting guy to own, but his ability to do a little bit of everything without hurting you in any one category makes him a worthwhile asset in standard leagues.
Apr 5 - 11:12 PM

Courtney Lee had 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 6-of-10 shooting in Tuesday's easy win.

He was a nice DFS play tonight due to the absence of Jeremy Lin with a back injury. Lee always gets his minutes, but is also a better bet for success on a night when Lin's not around to steal some of his thunder.
Mar 29 - 9:46 PM

Courtney Lee scored 17 points with two rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer against the Spurs on Monday.

He's quietly putting up numbers and having a good game when Jeremy Lin went off tonight is a great sign for him. In his last five games, Lee averaged 11.0 points, 2.6 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 treys. He's been an eighth-round player in the span, which is pretty close to his ceiling.
Mar 21 - 9:47 PM

Courtney Lee scored 15 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 35 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

The minutes have held steady at 30.8 per game in his last five, averaging 9.6 points, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 steals and 1.2 treys. Lee should be able to be a top-125 kind of player going forward, but the lower upside makes him only a mediocre add. There should be better adds out there.
Mar 11 - 10:47 PM

Courtney Lee scored 16 points vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-12 shots with four 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

There was no defense played by either team in this game, which the Hornets wound up winning 122-113. This was a matchup-induced eruption and Lee is unlikely to get free like this vs. many opponents, so he's still just a low-end play in 12-team leagues.
Mar 9 - 10:34 PM

Courtney Lee had another understated game on Wednesday with nine points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes of action.

C-Lee isn't doing much to help owners in points leagues, but he's clinging to 9-cat value over the past five games with averages of 7.4 points, 0.8 threes, 2.8 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals, solid percentages and low turnovers. Although he has sneaky across-the-board upside, there should be higher-upside players available on your waiver wire.
Mar 2 - 10:16 PM

Courtney Lee started and hit 3-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer for just eight points, two assists and a steal on Tuesday.

Lee hasn't hit double figures in five straight games and Jeremy Lamb and Jeremy Lin are still limiting his minutes. He played just 24 of them tonight and there's no reason to mess with Lee unless you're in a very deep league.
Mar 1 - 10:05 PM

Courtney Lee scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with three rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and zero turnovers in 22 minutes of action.

Since arriving in Charlotte, Lee has produced late-round value behind averages of 7.3 points, 1.3 steals, 0.8 3-pointers and 0.5 turnovers per game on 44.4 percent shooting. While Lee's numbers don't exactly jump off the page, he also doesn't really hurt you anywhere, and is a worthwhile asset to own in standard leagues for those seeking some 3-point shooting with a trickle of steals.
Feb 28 - 6:28 PM

Courtney Lee played 39 minutes against the Pacers on Friday with seven points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

It's by far the most minutes as a Hornet with 30 coming on Wednesday and 21 in his debut on Sunday. The new Hornets offense is built on 3-pointers, so Lee should be able to get his 33-37 minutes most nights. He's worth owning in standard leagues despite the lower offensive output.
Feb 26 - 10:16 PM

Courtney Lee notched eight points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes on Wednesday, making 4-of-7 FGs without any 3-pointers or turnovers.

C-Lee played just 21 minutes in his Hornets debut so he's trending in the right direction. He may need a few weeks to truly mesh with his new teammates, but has enough steady across-the-board production to be owned in roto formats.
Feb 24 - 10:11 PM

Courtney Lee made his Hornets debut on Sunday, scoring five points with one 3-pointer, one rebound and one assist in 21 minutes vs. Brooklyn.

Lee started at SG which bumped Nic Batum to small forward -- barring a change at center, this is likely to be Charlotte's starting lineup the rest of the way. C-Lee's minutes should creep up over the next few games, and he's worth stashing away if you need a cheap source of 3-pointers, steals and percentages.
Feb 21 - 9:21 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Jeremy Lin
3Jorge Gutierrez
4Aaron Harrison
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Courtney Lee
3Marco Belinelli
4Troy Daniels
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Tyler Hansbrough
C1Cody Zeller
2Al Jefferson
3Spencer Hawes