David Lee to Sign with Dallas Mavericks

Mike NorrisFeatured Columnist

Dec 23, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Boston Celtics forward center David Lee (42) looks to drive to the basket as he is defended by Charlotte hornets forward center Spencer Hawes (00) during the first half of the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
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The Boston Celtics released 32-year-old power forward David Lee on Friday, and the Dallas Mavericks wasted little time in signing the veteran.

On Sunday night, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle confirmed to the media Lee will be signed on Monday, and John Jenkins will be released.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported on Saturday Lee was expected to sign a $2.1 million deal.

Lee, who spent five years apiece with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors before going to Boston this season, has regressed over the past two years while dealing with injuries.

The two-time All-Star scored between 16.0 and 20.2 points per game from 2008-09 to 2013-14, and in three of those seasons, he averaged a double-double. On the season, Lee has averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 30 games.

Players who are released by March 1 are eligible to play in the postseason with their new teams.

The 30-27 Mavericks, who sit at the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, are no shoo-in for the playoffs, as they hold just a two-game lead over the ninth-place Utah Jazz.