NBA Rumors: Golden State Warriors David Lee will not return, playing time issue

The Golden State Warriors Championship roster will not be easily kept for the next season. David Lee has played his last game and he will not be back to wear the Warriors uniform for next season.

Sources told ESPN the Warriors have privately admitted to Lee and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, that it would be unfair to the former All-star to as him to continue to play in a limited role next season after Lee accepted his short minutes without complaining all season.

According to the report, Bartelstein and the Warriors have to work together to come up with a good solution and to find a new team for Lee this offseason.

After suffering a hamstring injury, Lee lost his starting position to Draymond Green, who played well as the Warriors started 21-2 in the season. Though Lee has a strong training camp, because of the injury and strong showings of Green, he never got back his starting role. Instead, Lee’s playing time has been diminished.

Lee is the longest Warriors player in the roster, signing a six year $80 million deal in the summer of 2010. He is about to make $15.4 million next season.

Because of the current development, the Warriors are expected to find a place for Lee and to trade him in connection with the June 25 NBA Draft. While the Golden State are willing to match any offer for Green in restricted free agency and to have a new contract extension with Harrison Barnes, Lee’s chances of being kept has higher probability.

“A lot of guys that are on bad teams that put up big numbers kind of have that rap and that’s not what I want to be known as. I want to be known as a great teammate and a great competitor. So I think I’ve proven that this year. That my attitude hasn’t changed the entire season. I’ve been ready,” Lee said.

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