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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
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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

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The Knicks offered unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee an offer of $40 million-plus over four years, according to ESPN.com'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.
Source: NBA.com
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Brandon Jennings
SG1Courtney Lee
2Justin Holiday
3Sasha Vujacic
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Lance Thomas
3Mindaugas Kuzminskas
4Cleanthony Early
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Maurice Ndour
C1Joakim Noah
2Kyle O'Quinn
3Guillermo Hernangomez
4Marshall Plumlee