San Antonio Spurs Rumors: David Lee ‘still talking’ to other teams

By Rob Wolkenbrod
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 27: David Lee
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 27: David Lee
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David Lee remains a free agent, with not much changing in his status with the San Antonio Spurs.

The San Antonio Spurs arguably have a need at power forward and center. They re-signed Pau Gasol and signed Joffrey Lauvergne, but other than that, LaMarcus Aldridge is the only other contracted big man on the roster.

David Lee was part of the 2016-17 season’s rotation at power forward and center, backing up Gasol and Aldridge. Dewayne Dedmon shared minutes, too.

However, as free agency began, Lee opted out of his deal for the 2017-18 season. He’s yet to sign a deal as the Spurs, and other teams, fill their respective rosters. That’s still the case, as of Saturday night, according to Chuck Miketinac of Fox San Antonio. Lee’s agent Mark Bartelstein said the veteran player is “still talking to teams” (h/t News4SanAntonio.com):

No updates on David Lee. Agent Mark Bartelstein says he's still talking to teams, will see what happens in coming days.

— Chuck Miketinac (@MaxSportsSA) July 20, 2017

It’s not a significant update, but it’s worth noting that Lee is being active in the open market. This comes after NBA free agency quieted down, with most of the top players available signing contracts with the same or new organizations.

For Lee, at this stage of his career, he’ll potentially be a backup wherever he goes. The Florida product isn’t part of the new-look big men of the NBA who stretch the floor and protect the rim, but he provides the old-school back-to-the-basket game and aggressive play for rebounds. That could be useful for the Spurs or any contending team that needs depth at the four or five spots.

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Will the Spurs re-sign Lee? If not, where will he go?

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