Dallas Mavericks sign David Lee

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Friday February 19th, 2016

The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward David Lee, the team announced Monday.

Lee was officially waived by the Celtics on Friday, in a move that opened up a roster spot and removed a significant salary cap hold for Boston. Lee was traded to the Celtics from the Warriors in the off-season as Golden State offloaded the nearly $15.5 million in salary left on the final year of his deal. He fell out of Brad Stevens’s playing rotation midseason.

Lee, 32, averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 30 games for the Celtics, who are 33–24 and third in the Eastern Conference.

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Dallas has had success reclaiming several veterans currently on its roster, and the 6'9" Lee provides depth behind Dirk Nowitzki and Zaza Pachulia in the post.

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Other buyouts from last week included Nuggets forwards J.J. Hickson and Steve Novak, the latter of whom was acquired from the Thunder before Thursday’s trade deadline.

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