Report: Warriors Trade David Lee to the Celtics for Gerald Wallace

By Vincent Frank

The Golden State Warriors have reportedly found a landing spot for David Lee after promising to trade him following the team’s championship season.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the defending champs have sent Lee and his $15.5 million contract for this upcoming season to the Boston Celtics for Gerald Wallace.

It’s a move that makes sense for both teams. Lee, a two-time All-Star, found himself stuck on the Warriors bench this past season. After putting up an average of 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in 2013-14, Lee saw his numbers drop to 7.9 and 5.2 respectively this past season. After a hamstring injury sidelined Lee to start the season, Draymond Green took over the starting gig and never gave it back.

Lee will be competing with┬áKelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger,┬áTyler Zeller and Amir Johnson for time in Boston’s rotation this upcoming season.

As it relates to the Warriors, they take on Wallace’s $10.1 million contract for the upcoming season. This means that the team saves $5.4 million against the cap. Considering it was already well over the luxury tax threshold, this was a pure cost-cutting move. There’s no real expectation that Wallace, who scored 35 total points in 32 games last season, will even be on the Warriors roster in 2015-16.

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