Lee announced Sunday on his personal Instagram account t0hat he has officially retired from professional basketball.
The 34-year-old Lee was selected with the 30th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and ended up playing 12 seasons in the league, including stops with the Knicks, Warriors, Celtics, Mavericks and Spurs. He was a two-time NBA All-Star and took home his sole NBA title with the Warriors in 2014-15. Lee finishes his career with averages of 13.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 29.3 minutes per game.
Lee (knee) will decline his $2.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Despite turning 34 years old, Lee was once again a solid contributor off the bench for the Spurs during his most recent campaign, posting averages of 7.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists across 79 games. While he did suffer a sprained patellar tendon during the playoffs, Lee isn't in need of surgery and should be back to full strength by mid-July, so there's currently no concerns over his training camp availability. If he opts to sign elsewhere, Lee should be able to find a raise and would offer a decent veteran presence off the bench for a contending team.
Lee (knee) will not have surgery on his sprained patellar tendon and is expected to be fully healthy in six weeks, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
With a six-week timetable, Lee should be able to resume basketball activities by early-to-mid July. That gives him plenty of time to get in shape prior to training camp.
An MRI on Lee's knee confirmed he's dealing with a partially torn patella, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Lee has already been ruled out of Game 4 against the Warriors on Monday, so this is merely an update on the severity of his injury. He's set to be reevaluated again later this week, which will determine whether or not he'll undergo surgery on his knee. A timetable has yet to be given for Lee's return, but additional updates should be provided over the summer as he goes through the rehabilitation process.
Lee (knee) has been ruled out for Game 4 against the Warriors on Monday, Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News reports.
While the results of Lee's MRI have yet to be released, the Spurs are already ruling him out of Monday's contest. The injury doesn't appear to be as serious as originally believed, but it will keep him out at least one game, which could end Lee's season with the Spurs on the brink of elimination. Lee's absence should create more opportunities for the likes of Davis Bertans and Dewayne Dedmon off the bench in the frontcourt.
Lee (knee) will have an MRI on his injured left knee Sunday, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com reports.
Lee left Saturday's playoff game against the Warriors early. His status for Monday's game is dependent on the results of the MRI.
Lee left Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals with a knee injury and will not return to the game, Marc Spears of ESPN reports.
Lee was seen in a wheelchair shortly after the injury. Davis Bertans entered the game after the injury and could see an uptick in minutes while Lee is out, as will Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs will likely update his status prior to Game 4 on Monday.
Lee will return to a reserve role for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Rockets, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Lee has replaced Dewayne Dedmon in the starting lineup since Game 4 of the first round, but will be replaced in favor of Pau Gasol Wednesday. He played 28.5 minutes in his four starts, but figures to see that decrease as a result of his return to the bench. It is unclear who will see the majority of the backup minutes in the frontcourt between Dedmon, who has seen his role reduced since the playoffs began, and Lee. The situation will need to be monitored going forward.
Lee will start Game 4 against Memphis on Saturday, Mike Wright of ESPN reports.
The Spurs will be without Dewayne Dedmon due to illness on Saturday, so Lee will move into the lineup up front alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, and both he and fellow-veteran Pau Gasol should see slight increases in minutes. Through the first three games of the series, Dedmon had played 18, 10 and 10 minutes, respectively, so his absence won't necessarily be a major blow to the Spurs' rotation.
Lee supplied 16 points (6-16 FG, 4-4 FT), 13 rebounds and five assists across 31 minutes in a 102-89 win over the Mavericks on Friday.
Lee enjoyed a more focal role in the Spurs attack with coach Gregg Popovich resting several of the team's top contributors, rolling off his seventh double-double of the season while hitting five assists for the second game in a row. With the Spurs locked into the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, it's expected that the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard and Pau Gasol will sit out or see more limited playing time in the final three games, which should allow Lee to easily surpass his season-long averages of 7.4 points, 5.7 boards and 1.6 assists in 18.7 minutes during each of those contests.
Lee (foot) will play during Thursday's tilt against the Grizzlies, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
After holding Lee out of Tuesday's tilt against the Timberwolves due to a sore foot, the Spurs have cleared him to take the floor for Thursday's matchup. He's averaging 8.2 points and 5.7 rebounds across 18.7 minutes per game since the All-Star break, and will likely see similar run against the Grizzlies.
Lee (foot) is officially listed as probable for Thursday's matchup with the Grizzlies, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
Following an absence from Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, it was reported that Lee expected to return to the court Thursday, so his official listing as probable is only further evidence he plans on playing. Look for him to jump back into the lineup as the backup to LaMarcus Aldridge at power forward, likely affording him minutes in the mid-to-upper teens, thus limiting his overall impact in the boxscore.
Lee (foot) said he expects to suit up Thursday against the Grizzlies, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
The Spurs held Lee out of Tuesday's win over the Timberwolves with the sore foot, but the team never planned on having the big man sidelined for long. Assuming he's able to complete Thursday's morning shootaround without issue, Lee should settle back in as the primary backup to starting power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Lee is averaging 8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.7 minutes per game in his three appearances since Aldridge returned to the lineup following a brief health scare.
Lee won't play Tuesday against the Timberwolves due to a sore foot.
Lee's foot injury likely isn't anything serious, and the Spurs will remain cautious with the veteran power forward as they hit the road for one game before opening up a four-game homestand. In Lee's absence Tuesday, look for Davis Bertans, who started in the Spurs' last game Sunday against the Kings, to see extra minutes in the frontcourt along with Dewayne Dedmon.
Lee will move back to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
Lee has started the last two games in place of LaMarcus Aldridge, who needed some time off to undergo further testing on a heart arrhythmia. However, after doctors gave Aldridge the go ahead to play, he'll re-enter the starting five at power forward, which pushes Lee back into a bench role. After logging 30 minutes Monday, look for Lee's playing time drop down closer to the 19.6 minutes he's averaged throughout March.
Lee totaled 14 points (7-8 FG), six rebounds, four assists and one block across 30 minutes during a 107-99 win over the Hawks on Monday.
Lee got another start with LaMarcus Aldridge (chest) out, and received more minutes this time. Due to the fact that he received 30 minutes, he was able to post a solid all-around line in the win. Unless the team is blowing out opponents, which will happen from time to time, Lee should put up numbers like this in Aldridge's absence.
Lee offered 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT), six rebounds and two assists over 18 minutes in Saturday's 107-85 win over the Warriors.
The veteran may be in for a multi-game run with the starters now that LaMarcus Aldridge has been sidelined with a heart issue. Lee provided the typically solid contributions he'd already proven capable of earlier this season when filling in for Pau Gasol, racking up an impressive point total relative to his modest time on the court. Coach Gregg Popovich limited Lee's minutes in the blowout, but he certainly stands to see a much greater amount of playing time in competitive contests, rendering him a prudent grab off the wire for the time being.
Lee will start at power forward in Saturday's game against the Warriors, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
With LaMarcus Aldridge out indefinitely due to a heart issue, David Lee will get the start at power forward Saturday and likely will for the foreseeable future. It will be Lee's eighth start of the season, and he's been averaging 11.5 points and 10.1 rebounds in 29 minutes per game in those starts. Look for Lee to play a similar dosage in the frontcourt Friday and serve as a potentially strong value play in DFS against a undermanned Warriors team.
Lee finished with 18 points (8-9 FG, 2-5 FT) while adding 10 rebounds and two blocked shots over 31 minutes in Wednesday's 114-104 win against the Kings.
Lee was a beast, picking up the slack with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each resting. He is averaging 11.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in eight starts this season, so he is an outstanding DFS option when he is plugging into the starting five. Normally Lee is only worth a look in deeper fantasy formats when coming off the bench.
Lee will start at power forward for Wednesday's game against the Kings, Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News reports.
The Spurs are opting to rest both Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, which allows Lee to jump into the starting lineup at power forward. Lee has been very effective in seven previous starts this season, averaging 10.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists across 28.5 minutes, so he should be considered a decent value play for Wednesday's DFS slate.
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