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Celtics finalize deal to get Lee from Warriors


The Golden State Warriors traded forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics on Monday in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace and guard Chris Babb.

The deal had been discussed for weeks.

Lee, 32, played five seasons with the Warriors, averaging 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 327 regular-season games. He had his finest season with Golden State in 2012-13, averaging 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in 79 games.

The 6-foot-9 Lee appeared in 26 playoff games with Golden State, making postseason appearances in each of the last three seasons, culminating in an NBA championship this past season. Lee leaves the Warriors ranked sixth on the franchise’s all-time list in defensive rebounds (2,176) and tied for 10th in field-goal percentage (.513).

During his 10-year NBA career, Lee has averaged 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 695 regular-season games with the New York Knicks and Warriors. Originally selected by the Knicks with the 30th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Lee was acquired by the Warriors in a sign-and-trade deal on July 9, 2010.

Wallace, 33, owns career averages of 11.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.44 steals and 29.7 minutes in 832 regular-season games (611 starts) over 14 NBA seasons with Sacramento, Charlotte, Portland, New Jersey/Brooklyn and Boston.

Originally selected by Sacramento with the 25th overall pick in the 2001 draft, Wallace has appeared in 33 playoff games (17 starts), holding career postseason averages of 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.9 minutes.

Babb, 25, appeared in 14 games with Boston as a rookie in 2014-15, tallying 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game. The 6-5 guard appeared in 45 games last season with the Celtics’ Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, averaging 15.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 34.7 minutes.

Celts get Dragic

The Miami Heat traded guard Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics on Monday, along with a 2020 second-round draft pick and cash considerations, in exchange for a protected 2019 draft pick.

The Heat are trying to trim their salary and luxury-tax bill, already trading guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic.

Dragic split last season between the Heat and Phoenix Suns, appearing in 16 games (one start), averaging 1.8 points in 4.7 minutes. He previously spent time with Unicaja Malaga in Spain, appearing in 22 Euroleague games where he averaged 10.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 22.5 minutes while shooting 41.3 percent from the field.

Dragic was acquired by the Heat on Feb. 19, along with his brother, Goran, in a three-team trade. Goran Dragic signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Heat earlier this month.

The Heat also waived forward Henry Walker, who appeared in 24 games (13 starts) last season, averaging 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 26.1 minutes per game.Walker also appeared in 17 games (eight starts) for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League last season, averaging 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 27.8 minutes, while shooting 46.8 percent from the field.

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