Mavs’ real plan for Courtney Lee, revealed
Looks like Courtney Lee’s time in Dallas isn’t over just yet.
Lee suffered a season-ending calf injury in what was described as a “freak accident” by ESPN’s Tim McMahon.
After his confirmed shutdown, it appeared as though the Mavericks were moving on from the the veteran guard to sign someone who can contribute for their playoff push.
The Mavericks will be among the teams looking for roster reinforcements Tuesday when the NBA's one-week transaction window opens after veteran swingman Courtney Lee suffered a calf injury during the shutdown that required surgery, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 22, 2020
However, Mavs beat writer Brad Townsend reports that the Mavericks are opting to keep Lee instead. He indicated that Lee is considered an invaluable presence to the players in the locker room.
I’m told Mavs have no plans to waive Courtney Lee, despite calf injury that required season-ending surgery. Ideally they want Lee in Orlando. He’s a respected locker room guy, perhaps most importantly by Luka Doncic. If Lee remains on roster, no addition, including Broekhoff.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) June 22, 2020
Most important of all, he’s well respected by Dallas wunderkind Luka Doncic.
Courtney Lee was playing a significant role for the team in March, just before the league suspended play due to the coronavirus.
He averaged 6.6 points per game on 50% shooting, while playing almost 23 minutes in seven games played for the month.
It appears as though Courtney Lee has played his final game for the Mavericks, at least for this season. But they still expect him to play a role for their squad while in street clothes.
The 12-year pro has played in 50 playoff games throughout his career. He was famously part of an Orlando Magic team that made the Finals during just his rookie season. He started 16 games alongside Dwight Howard during their stretch run, including every game of the NBA Finals against the Lakers.
The veteran is no stranger to big moments in Orlando.
The Dallas Mavericks are hoping that his experience can pay dividends for a young team hoping to make some noise in Disney World.