Courtney Lee Reportedly Agrees to 4-Year Contract with New York Knicks

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

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Courtney Lee generated serious interest in free agency, reportedly opting to sign with the New York Knicks on a four-year, $50 million contract.

Alex Kennedyย of Basketball Insiders first reported the deal.ย Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported Friday that the Knicks had made a four-year offer.

Lee averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc in 79 games split between the Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies last season. Charlotte acquired him in February as part of a three-team trade.

He's a prototypical secondary wing contributor with the ability to knock down outside shots and defend an opponent's top perimeter scorer. Another thing he's proved throughout his career is his ability to find success as a starter or reserve.

Where he lands within the rotation won't be clear for a while. The front office has laid the foundation by trading for Derrick Rose to join Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Beyond that, there are a lot of question marks.

Lee is exactly the type of glue guy the Knicks need to fill out their roster, whether or not they are able to attract a top target such as Kevin Durant. Lee's reputation in the locker room would also benefit a team that is going through a transition period.


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