The Celtics have acquired 32-year-old power forward David Lee from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Gerald Wallace, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Tuesday afternoon.
Lee, who stands at 6’9’’ and 249 pounds, was an All-Star in 2013 and played well the following season, but lost his starting job to Draymond Green after suffering a hamstring injury late in preseason. He averaged 7.9 points and 5.2 rebounds-per-game in limited minutes this past season, but played just eight playoff minutes total.
The 6’9’’, 249-pound Lee brings additional size to a Celtics frontcourt that also added 6’9’’ Amir Johnson and brought back the 6’10’’ Jonas Jerebko on the first day of free agency.
Shortly after Stein issued his report, Lee’s now-teammate Isaiah Thomas tweeted his seeming approval.
Wallace provided veteran leadership and a spark off the bench in Boston the last two seasons but was limited to just 32 games in 2014-15 with a knee injury.
Both players are entering the final year of their respective deals, with Wallace set to earn $10.1 million and Lee $15.5 million.
USA Today’s Sam Amick later reported the Celtics will send another player yet to be determined to Golden State to “make the money work.’’