The Oklahoma City Thunder could be in the hunt for Courtney Lee. The Thunder’s long-time free agent hopeful recently voiced that he wants to be traded to a contender, according to an unidentified source. The New York Knicks have reportedly been shopping Lee all offseason.
Facts about Lee:
- 32, Guard, 6’5, 200 pounds.
- He has two seasons left on his four-year, $48 million contract.
- He’s a 10-year vet that has played for seven teams.
- Last season averages: 12 points, 2.9 rebounds on 45.4 percent shooting and 40.8 percent from three.
- Forgot to mention, he’s 92 percent from the free throw line.
What it could mean for OKC?
Well, first of all, it would have to be in a trade and the Thunder are chalk-full of young talent in which the Thunder may be stingy with, especially considering Lee’s age. You’re giving an aging player, who will be 33 years old on Oct. 3, the backup shooting guard role thus moving Abrines deeper into the bench. However, Abrines has not improved his play on a consistent basis and Lee would be an immediate upgrade if they are looking for instant success at that position. Over Alex’s first two seasons, he’s averaged 5.3 points, on 39.4 percent shooting and 38 percent from three.
With this scenario the grand question to Sam Presti is, do you mind giving a piece of your up-and-coming talent, whoever that may be, for a player that may give you two solid years as a role player? If not, hold steady with the young talent the Thunder are accumulating, trust the process and see where that takes you.