Five seasons ago, the Golden State Warriors traded for a young power forward who could score and rebound from the New York Knicks. Matched with Stephen Curry the Warriors slowly rose in the ranks. After three and a half great seasons, Lee was forced to start his fifth year on the bench. Unfortunately for him, Draymond Green flourished and Lee was no longer a necessity.
He came up big in the Finals but mutually agreed to part ways with the Warriors. In a trade to the Boston Celtics, Lee will lead a young team and get back on the court. Today on Instagram Lee said his farewells to the Bay:
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Five seasons in New York and now five season in Oakland, Lee will venture into the third chapter of his NBA career. Last season he averaged 7.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 49 games. In only 18 minutes of play, his playing time should increase with the Celtics and so should his stats. Don’t be shocked to hear Lee putting up 16 and 8.
Lee went out in the best way possible. As a professional, he swallowed his pride and was ready to help when called upon. He was a team player and bonded with everybody. It was a move that was expected; Lee was one of five players who were making more than Stephen Curry. He will forever be a champion with the 2014-15 Golden State Warriors and will have a ring to show the young guys in Boston.