After news broke on Tuesday that Pau Gasol reportedly declined his player option and is working on a new deal with the San Antonio Spurs, it appears David Lee will also be providing the team with some financial relief.
According to Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News:
More #Spurs news: League source says David Lee is expected to decline his $1.6 million player option for 2017-18.— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) June 20, 2017
Gasol declined his option to work on a longer deal with the club, but again according to Tom Osborn, David Lee might not be interested in re-signing:
Smart money, I would think, would be on walking.— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) June 20, 2017
Lee averaged 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 79 games in 2016-17, but his solid season ended with a partially torn patella on his left knee in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Lee managed to avoid surgery and was given a six-week timetable to recover and should be back in training by July.
We don't know if he'll be re-joining the Spurs.