Report: Mavericks to sign David Lee with $2.1 million exception

David Lee is expected to sign with the Dallas Mavericks for the $2.1 million room exception, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. Lee, who had fallen out of the Boston Celtics' rotation, was waived because they couldn't find a trade for him before Thursday's deadilne.

This is precisely the reason the Mavericks didn't use that exception last summer. While other teams could only offer Lee a minimum contract, they were able to give him more. Given that he averaged 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds just two years ago, this is a pretty nice pickup at that price.

Historically, Dallas has managed to get good production out of big men in specific roles. You can expect Lee to be involved in pick-and-rolls and provide some playmaking. His defensive flaws are well-documented, but there's no reason he can't take some minutes that would have otherwise gone to Charlie Villanueva

For Lee, there's little downside to joining a solid organization that is sixth in the West and could use some frontcourt help. For the Mavs, there's not much risk, either. Lee's presence doesn't exactly change their outlook on the season, but it does strengthen the bench. 

The thing to watch here is what happens to Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri's minutes. Powell has been solid for Dallas all year, and Mejri has had his moments. Lee has a much better resume than both of them, but they could get in the way of him receiving the consistent playing time he desires.

David Lee is reportedly going to Dallas.  (USATSI)
David Lee is reportedly going to Dallas. (USATSI)
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