David Lee is no longer part of the Boston Celtics. He has been officially waived by the team. The two sides parted on good terms.
"We thank David for his contributions to our organization and wish him nothing but the best in the future," said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.
Lee, because he was waived before March 1, will be playoff-eligible for any team he signs with -- with the exception of Golden State. After being traded away by the Warriors in July, Lee is unable to sign with them until next season. The Mavericks are optimistic about their chances to sign Lee after he clears waivers, sources told ESPN's Tim MacMahon.
As you can see, it sounds very likely that he'll end up with the Dallas Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks are significant frontrunners to sign free-agent forward David Lee, league sources told The Vertical. Lee, a two-time All-Star, was bought out by the Celtics on Friday and has said he will seek a winning situation in which he could receive a rotation role. The Mavericks are in the process of deciding which player could be waived to create a roster spot, league sources said. Lee would provide the Mavericks with reserve scoring behind Dirk Nowitzki.
It was assumed that David Lee would be bought out, which would provide the Celtics some minimal financial savings. However it sounds like he has simply been waived by the team. Perhaps that is partially thank-you money for being a good solider while sitting on the bench for much of the season.
2 big benefits for Boston with the David Lee buyout, open roster spot and $23m cap hold in July is off the books.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 19, 2016
This summer the Celtics could have between $27.4M and $49.6M (depending on what they do with non-guaranteed contracts) according to Basketball Insiders.
Best of luck to David. He seemed like a nice guy, just a bad fit in Boston.
Update: I guess the team will not look to fill that 15th roster spot any time soon.
Don't obsess about that 15th Celtics roster spot. Ainge said he is in "no rush" to find another player.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) February 20, 2016