Warriors Rumors: Damion Lee ‘Expendable’ After Playoffs

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Damion Lee reacts to a play during the Golden State Warriors game.

The Golden State Warriors are supposed to do whatever it takes to keep the core of last season’s championship team intact, but those plans may not include a veteran keeper who has had a tough performance all the way. win the title.

With free agency about to begin, reports have indicated that the Warriors want to bring in big man Kevon Looney and defensive specialist Gary Payton II, and also extend his contract with breakout star Jordan Poole. But reserve keeper Damion Lee, who has played for the Warriors for the past four seasons, may need to find a new home next season.

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The last days for Lee?

San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau broke free agent preferences for the Warriors, noting that Looney, Payton and backup big man Juan Toscano-Anderson, a restricted freelance agent, are almost certain will come back. But he puts the odds on Lee back at 35%, noting that he struggled in the knockout stages.

Lee averaged just 2 points in 7.8 minutes per game in the knockout stages, while shooting from distance only 38.2% and 25% from behind a 3-point arc. He had a particularly bad performance in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. In the five-minute span of the first half, Lee missed a pair of quick 3-pointers, fouled two, turned around and was technically fouled. After that game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave bigger roles to rookies Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga, taking Lee’s place in the penalty shootout.

Letourneau notes that Lee now looks “spendable” after his outing.

“While Lee has proven he’s a legit NBA player, his rough performance in the knockout stages could put him at risk,” he wrote. “His future with the Warriors should go down to the roster space. If they get an extra seat after signing draft picks and other free agents, they should have no problem asking Lee to sign a minimal deal. “

The recent NBA Draft could bring even more competition for a spot on Lee’s roster. The Warriors traded in the second round, making their 51st overall pick and weighing $2 million in cash for the Atlanta Hawks to land Toledo’s pitcher Ryan Rollins in 44th place. Warriors’ Bob Myers said the team has no plans to accumulate Rollins, instead keeping him on the 15-man roster for the upcoming season.

Lee’s squad advantage

While his performance in the knockout stages may put his future with Golden State in doubt, Lee may have the upper hand given his expected market value. Letourneau notes that he will likely land only a minimum contract in free agency, which could help him return to the Warriors lineup that has made the franchise taxing luxury. Lee also has strong family ties, as he is married to Steph Curry’s sister.

Letourneau previously noted that Lee’s willingness to accept his backup role also gives him an advantage.

Letourneau writes: “It is a fact that they have come to appreciate the coaching staff as diligent players. “If it’s at least between Toscano-Anderson and Lee or some relatively unnamed person, I’d pick Toscano-Anderson and Lee any day.”

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