Last season, the Golden State Warriors expected to run with the core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and David Lee. Unfortunately, Lee wasn’t ready to play and began the season on the bench due to an injury. That opened the door for Draymond Green to step up and he did so in a big way.

By the time Lee was healthy and back, the Warriors had great chemistry and were wrecking the competition. Lee was a great teammate and accepted his role. Enjoying the ride to the championship, he was a professional and was ready to play when called upon. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, he confirmed Thomas Dee’s initial reports of the trade involving the Boston Celtics:

Lee is now headed to Boston in exchange for Gerald Wallace. With the Celtics, Wallace played sparingly. Only appearing in 32 regular season games, he pitched in a measly 1.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.  Turning 33 at the end of the month, Wallace’s career isn’t finished and can help this team defend their title. Green, now a former teammate took it to Instagram to express his feelings:

Lee was a great teammate and locker room guy. Getting along with the entire team, the Warriors are sad to see Lee go, but it was a move that’s been mentioned previously. After establishing himself as a double double machine in New York, Lee had spent five seasons with the Warriors.