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Southwest Notes: Lee, Dwight, Dirk, Davis

David Lee admits he thought about what it would be like to return to the Warriors, but NBA rules prevent him from going back to Golden State this season, and he’s content with the Mavericks, as Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group details. Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders recently cleared up some confusion regarding Lee’s contract with Dallas, which runs only until season’s end instead of covering next season with non-guaranteed salary. “In my opinion, I’m playing as good a ball as I’ve played in a number of years,” Lee said. “After really getting back into shape, I feel great out there. I think I have three, four years left, one more deal, then we’ll see from there.” Lee could return to the Warriors this summer if he wants to and Golden State is willing, though the same is true of Lee and the Mavs. See more from around the Southwest Division:
  • No teams see Dwight Howard as a plan A for free agency this summer, according to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher (video link). Howard would prefer to re-sign with the Rockets, but he finds the prospect of a return to the Magic intriguing, as Bucher reported last week.
  • Dirk Nowitzki reiterated that the idea of playing 20 seasons in the NBA appeals to him in an appearance Sunday on ESPN Radio’s “NBA Insiders” show, echoing comments he made in December, as Marc Stein of relays. The 37-year-old who’s in his 18th season in the league addressed his future as it relates to the Mavericks last week.
  • The premature end of Anthony Davis‘ season and his lack of progress this year serve as reminders that it’s still uncertain whether he’ll fulfill his potential as a superstar, argues Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders. A five-year extension with the Pelicans will kick in for Davis next year, so questions about Davis inexorably become questions about New Orleans. Still, Davis said he’s played with a torn labrum in his shoulder for the past three seasons, so it’s fair to wonder if he’ll improve markedly when fully healthy.
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5 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Lee, Dwight, Dirk, Davis

  1. Daniel

    Honestly I think Dirk will retire as a maverick and he will opt in on his contract coming up

  2. Jac7178

    Just curious but what rule prevents Lee from returning to Golden State

    • If a player is traded and bought out, he can’t sign with the team that originally traded him. Big Z from Cleveland did that a couple of years ago where the Cavs traded him, he was bought out and subsequently resigned with the Cavs.

  3. Arthur Hill

    If Bucher’s report is true, Dwight is headed for a major disappointment in free agency. I think he’s counting on at least one max offer from somewhere despite his age, injury history and declining production. He may wind up back in Houston at Daryl Morey’s price.

    • leostargensen

      I just can’t see any smart team giving him a max contract at this point. It’ll be interesting to see what free agency holds for Howard

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