The Golden State Warriors have reportedly traded David Lee to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Gerald Wallace. ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report the deal.
ESPN sources say that the Celtics have agreed to send Gerald Wallace to the Warriors for David Lee
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 7, 2015
Lee averaged 7.9 points per game last year after being benched for Draymond Green. Lee played well as a starter, but once his injury gave the Warriors and head coach Steve Kerr an extended look at Green, the team made the permanent switch.
In the playoffs, Lee hardly played at all. He played 13 minutes and 15 minutes in the Finals against the Cavaliers in an effort to match Cleveland’s smaller lineup, and he was effective. After accepting his bench role, both Lee and the Warriors agreed to work to find him a new team for the coming season.
Lee is just one season removed from averaging 18.2 points per game. He’ll be able to help the Celtics immediately, while Wallace didn’t have a role. If Wallace is stretched by the Warriors, he’ll cost the team just $3.3 million over the next three seasons, saving the team over $30 million in taxes.