Knicks’ Lee Re-signs for One-Year Deal

Published on: 30th September, 2009

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New York – Knicks power forward David Lee has re-signed with the team for the coming season. Team sources said the deal was for one year, at a significant raise that could reach 8 million dollars for the 2009-10 season. The deal will make Lee an unrestricted free agent next summer, adding his name to the already star-studded free agent class of 2010.           

The 26-year-old Lee was hoping to get a huge payday. But Lee was a restricted free agent and the Knicks had the right to match any contract offer from another team for him. And New York made it clear that it would, which had a chilling effect on teams that were interested in the 6-foot-9 forward. But the Knicks also would not commit to more than one year on a contract, trying to save space for that same ’10 free agent class in which Lee will now be part.

“While this was a long process, we always wanted David to remain in New York and we are very happy to have him re-signed,” said Walsh. “David really flourished playing for Coach D’Antoni last year and we once again expect him to play a big role for us this season.

Lee, 6-9, 240-pounds, averaged career-highs of 16.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 34.9 minutes in a career-high 81 games during the 2008-09 season. He also posted a league-high 65 double-doubles, while also ranking third in the NBA in rebounding and seventh in field goal percentage.

Lee was drafted by New York with the 30th overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft and has career averages of 10.9 points and 9.0 rebounds in 287 career games over four NBA seasons with the Knicks. The University of Florida product set the Knicks franchise record for field goal percentage, shooting .600 from the floor in 58 games during the 2006-07 season. Lee was also named Most Valuable Player of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge at 2007 All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas, after scoring a game-high 30 points.

The Knicks said nothing would be official until Friday, when they also are expected to announce they have re-signed Nate Robinson, another restricted free agent. Robinson thanked the Knicks, his agents and Walsh on his Twitter page Thursday night.

 

 

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