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Celtics intend to trade David Lee, who is unhappy with role

Thursday, February 4, 2016 7:51:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

David Lee is on the trade block, according to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck. The Boston Celtics forward is reportedly unhappy with his role, so the team will either send him somewhere else or buy him out.

Lee, 32, was acquired by Boston last summer from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for cap relief. Boston also added Amir Johnson, though, and it already had capable big men Tyler Zeller, Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger on the roster. Lee was in the starting lineup at the beginning of the season, but his inability to shoot from range or be an effective defender have taken him completely out of the rotation -- he's appeared in just three games since Christmas.

After his first few DNP-CDs, Lee said that he was frustrated but hadn't requested a trade -- he didn't know if he was going to be at the end of the bench permanently. Now it's clear that, barring injury, Lee is not going to help the Celtics anytime soon.

It's unfortunate for Lee that he wasn't able to fit in. Boston is a solid, improving team and being a contributor there would have helped his value in free agency. Instead, he'll be looking for a contract after two teams decided they were better off not playing him. He really needs to go somewhere that needs him and will give him minutes.

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