With David Lee out of the rotation, it didn't take much to connect the dots and for fans to realize he was on the block. Today, some reported buzz instead of just a hypothesis:
Some trade buzz: BOS intends to move David Lee by Feb. 18 deadline, or buy him out. Lee is out of rotation and wants a role somewhere.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February 3, 2016
David Lee has handled his situation like a pro, as always. But he's understandably not content to ride the bench.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February 3, 2016
I've been told Lee's camp and Celtics are on same page, amicably looking for solution together. https://t.co/xJ9IBW8iDi— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) February 3, 2016
It's probably not a coincidence that this report comes simultaneously with Dwight Howard to Celtics rumors. With the Celtics' horde of draft picks likely to be the centerpiece of any deal they make, it helps to have David Lee's expiring contract on hand to help make the numbers work.
David Lee has recently been praised by coaches for his professionalism. The way the Celtics treat Lee in this situation is only going to help bolster their reputation league-wide. A buy-out would signal doing right by David Lee. His pro-rated salary late in the year is unlikely to make much of a difference in roster construction for this year's Celtics team, but would allow him to take his talents elsewhere. Their relationship with a veteran like Lee clearly matters to them with the way they've handled the veteran's playing time.
Stevens on D Lee sitting in blowouts: "He’s been in the league a long time...I’m not gonna put him in there for 5 mins or 4 mins at the end"— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) January 31, 2016
Stevens' point being that it's out of respect to a veteran that he's not going to put him in late in a blowout with rookies.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) January 31, 2016
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