Lee agreed Sunday to re-sign with the Warriors on a two-way contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Lee joined Golden State on a two-way deal last season, appearing in 32 games at the NBA level and averaging 4.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 three-pointers in 11.7 minutes per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from distance. Even though Lee's contract expired with the start of the new league year, Golden State tendered him a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent. He decided that returning to the Warriors on another two-way deal was ultimately his best course of action, but the offseason departures of Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins should present more of an opportunity for Lee to settle in at the NBA level in 2019-20. Once Lee exhausts his maximum 45 days in the NBA, the Warriors would have to convert his contract to a standard deal or release him from his pact.
Lee logged 20 points (7-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 112-103 win over the Pelicans. Lee amassed career highs in scoring and rebounding while matching his career high in made threes. The 26-year-old rookie has appeared in four straight games, and with the Warriors likely to rest most of their top players during Wednesday's regular season finale versus the Grizzlies, he's a good bet to earn a sizable share of minutes once again.
Lee did not play in Santa Cruz's 95-88 win over Stockton on Wednesday due to a left ankle injury. Lee has been bouncing back and forth between the Golden State and Santa Cruz Warriors throughout the season and it's clear why. Lee's ability to score has helped net him NBA playing time, as shown in his last game with Santa Cruz, where he scored 29 points on 52.9 percent shooting back on February 1. If Lee can get back on the court and continue developing, the second-year G League star should be able to find more consistent time on Golden State's bench, and might even get reserve minutes for the reigning NBA champions.
Lee netted 13 points (5-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and one steal across 27 minutes in the Warriors' 123-95 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday. Lee saw a season-high allotment of minutes and equaled the season best in scoring he'd established two games ago. It remains to be seen how long the 26-year-old's stint with the NBA club lasts, but he's now seen between 18 and Wednesday's 27 minutes in the last trio of contests. Lee displayed some upside last season over 15 games (11 starts) with the Warriors, averaging 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals across 26.9 minutes.
Lee was recalled from the G League on Monday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. Lee will return from the Santa Cruz Warriors to provide some emergency depth with Andre Iguodala (rest) sitting out Monday's game against the Grizzlies.
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