Courtney Lee joined the Dallas Mavericks as part of the trade headlined by Kristaps Porzingis on February 1st. He was considered a minor part of the “Porzingis tax” required to make the trade acceptable for the Knicks, but Mavericks fans were hopeful the 6’5” guard/wing could provide some depth and veteran leadership as the Mavericks worked on an on-the-fly rebuild.
But things never really got off the ground for Lee. After dealing with a neck injury for training camp and most of the early season, Lee played just 12 games with the Knicks in the first 50 contests. After the trade to Dallas, Lee played in 22 of 32 possible contests. He averaged a mere 12 minutes a game and that average really seems high unless one peruses the game logs.
Lee didn’t get much of a chance to make any impact with the Mavericks, playing significant minutes only during the final few games of the season.
Courtney Lee is entering the final year of a three year deal signed before the 2016-17 season. He’s owed $12.7 million.
In an offseason with a multiverse of options, what will happen with Courtney Lee is somehow a minor story. Could they use the stretch provision with him and spread that contract across the next three years? Will they keep Lee on the roster as a trade piece? Could Lee figure out his health issues and actually play? Right now, all of these options are on the table.
Lee is a career 39 percent three point shooter. Expensive one year contract aside, that has to have value if he can find his shooting stroke again. Hopefully Lee will get a chance to show his worth on the court next season in a meaningful way.