Dallas Mavericks: Will they re-sign Courtney Lee this offseason?

Dallas Mavericks Courtney Lee (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks: Will they bring back Courtney Lee?

The Dallas Mavericks acquired Courtney Lee in the Kristaps Porzingis trade in Jan. 2019. He had fallen out of the rotation in New York, and the Knicks wanted off his salary to chase free agents. Lee settled in as an end of the bench option in Dallas.

The 34-year-old was on an expiring contract this season. Many thought the Mavericks would trade Lee at the deadline. He was the perfect salary match in a deal for a starter. The Mavs never made the move, though. Lee suffered a season-ending injury prior to the restart, but Dallas did not replace him in Orlando. The veteran was with the team throughout.

The Mavs face a plethora of offseason questions. Lee’s status is not high on the list, but it is worth bringing up after what transpired this season. Let us take a closer look.

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Will the Dallas Mavericks bring back Courtney Lee?

First, Lee turns 35 in October. He could be ready to retire. His desire to play is unknown as of this writing. Let us assume, he wants to continue playing.

The Mavericks would be interested in re-signing Lee as an end of the bench option. He appeared in 24 games this season. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle used him in specific matchups or when the team was dealing with injuries. Lee would have to be willing to accept that role again next season.

The 34-year-old is a fantastic locker room presence. He is a leader and mentor. Lee also brings the Mavs experience. Dallas still needs those traits.

Courtney Lee would have to be willing to accept a one-year veteran minimum deal too. He made over $12.7 million this season. That would be a significant step down in pay. No word on if that would interest the veteran.

Lee will likely test the market before making a decision. Another team could offer more money or playing time. The Dallas Mavericks would love to have him back in the locker room at the right price. Stay tuned to see how it shakes out this offseason.

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