Report: Knicks have tried to trade Courtney Lee
The New York Knicks have tried to trade shooting guard Courtney Lee, but they haven’t found a suitor for the veteran guard yet, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
Lee has two years and $25 million left on his contract. The 33-year-old signed a four-year, $48 million free agent deal with the Knicks back in 2016. In 76 regular-season games last year, Lee averaged 12.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from beyond the arc. He was recruited to New York in 2016 oddly enough by center Joakim Noah, who is no longer with the club.
The Knicks are looking to move Lee because Tim Hardaway Jr., also a natural 2-guard, has emerged as the better player moving forward. New York would like to free up cap space so it can pursue max contract players in the summer of 2019. The Knicks have been linked to Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving and Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Jimmy Butler.
Lee would be a valuable addition to a postseason contender. He’s a solid defender and knockdown perimeter shooter. The Knicks likely won’t make the playoffs in 2018-19 since star forward Kristaps Porzingis will miss most of the season recovering from his ACL tear which he suffered in February.
In 753 games in the NBA, Courtney Lee has career averages of 10.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists with the Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets), Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Hornets and Knicks.