Warriors officially ship David Lee to Celtics

By: Eric He

The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics made the David Lee trade official on Monday, announcing the deal this morning.

Lee will be sent to the Celtics in exchange for Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb, both of whom the Warriors will likely waive.

Celtics’ President of Operations Danny Ainge said in a press release: “We are excited to welcome David as a member of the Celtics family. His proven skill set and experience on a championship team will add valuable depth to our frontcourt and a veteran presence to our locker room.”

Lee, 32, spent five seasons with the Warriors, four of which he was a consistent starter and key contributor. But his production fell off the table last season when injuries set him back to start the year, allowing Draymond Green to take his place and thrive.

Lee came off the bench instead, averaging 7.9 points and 5.2 rebounds a game in limited minutes.

The writing was on the wall as to Lee’s uncertain future of the team, and trading him seems to be in the best interests of the Warriors – who have little use for Lee – and Lee, who is looking for more playing time

He will receive that in Boston as a veteran who can guide the young Celtics team.

Lee, a free agent after next season, is due $15.5 million in 2015-2016.

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