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David Lee says he and Warriors are ‘trying to figure out’ his return to Golden State

As if the Warriors were in need of star power, former all-star player David Lee could return to Golden State.

While in Malibu for the Fourth of July, TMZ caught up with Lee and asked about the rumor that he might return to the Warriors. Lee answered with “We’re still trying to figure it out.”

After a trade sent Andrew Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks and the Warriors acquired Zaza Pachulia, it wouldn’t hurt to have Lee, who was once as a starter for the Warriors, coming off the bench behind Pachulia.

In his last year with the Warriors, Lee averaged 7.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists to help Golden State to a championship. Last season with the Mavericks and Celtics, he averaged 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Not only is Lee’s return good for the Warriors because of the chemistry he already has with much of the team, but it would add depth allowing for a balance that would ultimately prevent the starters from overworking and staying fresh for the playoffs. It doesn’t hurt that he was also a fan favorite during his Bay Area tenure.

If Lee were to return to the Warriors, no doubt he would have to take a pay cut. As SF Gate reports, “The Warriors have only the $2.9 million mid-level exception and minimum contracts to fill out the final five or six spots on next season’s roster.”

But if this means Lee can get another ring, why wouldn’t he want to return?

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