NBA free agency: Warriors Damion Lee signs with Suns

Another free agent from Golden State Warriors has left. This time it’s security guard Damion Lee, who joins the Phoenix Suns on a one-year contract, presumably for the veteran’s minimum.

Lee averaged 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game this year, in 19.9 minutes per game. His three-point shot dropped to 33.7%, but even with the bad shooting year, he was a 35.7% shooter from the depths during his four-year tenure with the Dubs.

I’ll be honest, I have a bone to pick with Warriors fans about Lee. They were often overly critical of him, reprimanding him for not being a great banker, even though he was very good for his part (which was at the back of the bank). He was reliable, played decent defense, understood and fit into the system well, and was a strong teammate and dressing room presence, despite having minutes all over the line.

Fans were also overly coy about his spot on the Warriors. Many have claimed that he was only on the team because of nepotism (he is married to Steph Curry’s sister, Sydel), but there is no evidence to support that, and the Suns – a very good team – signing him is a further proof that he is very clearly a player who deserves to be on an NBA roster.

Somewhat hilariously, the Warriors social account tweeted a video of Lee pitching the first pitch at the San Francisco Giants game just an hour before the news broke.

Lee jumps from contender to contender as he joins a Suns team that had the best record in the NBA last year, though they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals. The Suns have a star of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, but their future is slightly up in the air. Center Deandre Ayton seems to be on his way back, and former Warriors superstar Kevin Durant has reportedly listed the Suns as one of his favorite teams for a trade.

With Lee gone, six of the seven free Warriors players have made their decisions. Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica have all left the team, while Kevon Looney has re-signed. Only Andre Iguodala, who could very well retire, remains.

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