David Lee Retires from NBA After 12-Year Career

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2017

SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 30:  Champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark poses with the Billie Jean King trophy and American professional basketball player David Lee after her victory against Venus Williams of the United States in the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global at Clifford Pier on October 30, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Former NBA All-Star David Lee formally announced his retirement in an Instagram post featuring photos of a retirement celebration:

Lee, 34, last played for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2016-17 season. He averaged 13.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 12 seasons with five teams.  

Most of Lee's best basketball came during a five-year run with the Golden State Warriors. He made the All-Star team and was a third-team All-NBA selection in 2013, emerging as one of the league's best offensive big men. Within two years, however, he was watching as Draymond Green usurped him in the starting lineup as the Warriors found their team identity.

The Warriors then shipped him to the Boston Celtics for a frustrating half season before he landed with the Dallas Mavericks. In Dallas, Lee returned to a high-efficiency role within the offense and seemingly found a niche as an 18- to 20-minute player. His stats last season with the Spurs were also solid, though he remained a bit of a defensive liability.

When Lee declined his player option, it seemed likely a team would pick him up for a similar role in their reserve lineup. With no real offers on the table, it appears that Lee has decided instead to hang it up. 

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and Lee recently announced their engagement.