The Celtics and power forward David Lee will meet to discuss a potential buyout arrangement within the next two days, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com relays. Boston attempted to find a taker for Lee prior to today’s trade deadline, but Lee reportedly had “no value” around the league, even though his expiring deal worth $15.5MM presented an opportunity for cap relief this summer, as Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald noted.
Lee was quick to stress that he has no animosity toward the Celtics over his lack of playing time, Forsberg adds. “I’ve kind of seen the writing on the wall with what’s going on the last month,” said Lee. “But once again, this is a business. We all know that. I want to be in a place where I’m successful and where I’m wanted. The Celtics are a great group of people here. I have absolutely zero negative things to say about my coaching staff and teammates, who, obviously as you know, I get along well with. So we’ll just see how things develop over the next 24 or 48 hours here, but it’s looking like something’s most likely going to happen [with the buyout].”
“Everything doesn’t always work out the way you want it to,” Lee continued. “I’m just disappointed from the fact that I wanted to come here and make a major impact. And that didn’t happen for one reason or another. The last two places I had been before I may have been able to make that impact. It is what it is.” Lee, who has not played since January 10th, has appeared in 30 games for Boston this season and is averaging 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.7 minutes of action per contest.