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Damion Lee’s future with Golden State revealed

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Last season, former Louisville star Damion Lee split time between the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G-League and the Golden State Warriors. All in all, Lee appeared in 32 games for Golden State playing 11.7 minutes per game.

After a rash of injuries devastated the Warriors starting backcourt of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson this season, Lee received an opportunity to shine.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has been a main contributor for the Warriors this season. Despite the team currently having the worst record in the NBA at 15-50, Lee has undoubtedly shown that he has a place in the league.

However, with Curry slowly returning from injury, Thompson expected to be back next season and the team trading for former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins at the deadline, Lee’s role with the team may be up in the air.

“Behind Wiggins and Thompson is the land of the unknown. Of the 2020-21 roster candidates, Damion Lee has the firmest grip — $600,000 of his $1.7 million salary for next season is guaranteed,” Anthony Slater of The Athletic said. “He’s a steady veteran who plays a Warriors’ brand of offensive basketball, moving well without the ball, and, on defense, he at least hustles and rebounds well for his size. You can temporarily pencil Lee in as Thompson’s primary backup.”

Before the NBA season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lee had started in 36 of the 49 games he appeared in while averaging a career-high 12.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from deep.