The Golden State Warriors are still celebrating their victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, but there is one rain cloud hovering near their championship parade. The Warriors will bring back most of the championship roster next season, but David Lee will likely not be returning to the team.
ESPN is reporting that the team will help Lee find a new home this offseason after his minutes were slashed in favor of Dryamond Green.
“It’s been a really interesting year,” Lee told the NBA Insiders on ESPN Radio after Game 1 of the Finals. “… I’ve actually gotten to see kind of the other side of the NBA. I’ve always been the guy that’s out there for 35 to 40 minutes. I’ve never really, I don’t think, had the true respect for guys … to see guys that don’t get a chance to play very often and come out and produce on a consistent basis — I never knew how difficult that was.
“So it’s really been a great learning experience for me this year. And while it’s been frustrating as a competitor to not be in there as much as I want to be in there, it’s been kind of cool to let go of my ego this year and say, ‘Hey, this is about the team.'”
Lee is scheduled to make $15.4 million next season.