David Lee has likely played his last game for the Golden State Warriors, as the Warriors and Lee’s agent will look to “come up with a good solution” to find a new team for the power forward this offseason, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Lee was the Warriors’ starting power forward for four years before this season, but a hamstring injury at the beginning of this year helped paved the way for Draymond Green‘s breakout campaign. Lee ultimately fell almost out of the rotation completely toward the end of the year, although he provided a nice spark in several NBA Finals games.
Lee was a professional throughout the season despite his decreased role, but with him set to make $15.5 million next year, there’s little point in keeping him on the roster in such a limited role. Not only do the Warriors feel it would be unfair to him, but the team would like to clear that salary with Green set to get max money this offseason.
The issue is finding a taker for Lee and that bloated salary. It’s an expiring contract, but it’s a big one nonetheless, and the Warriors would likely have to attach an asset to him to make it work. Golden State could also waive him using the stretch provision, although he would count for about $5 million on the cap for the next three seasons.