David Lee spurned more money in search of another championship as he signed a two-year deal worth the veteran's minimum with the San Antonio Spurs, according to the free agent forward's agent.
In a report by The Vertical, Lee's $3.2M deal gives him a player option on his second year as revealed by his agent Mark Bartelstein.
The 33-year-old forward will bolster a Spurs frontcourt that will no longer have Tim Duncan for the first time since 1997, but still has All-Stars in LaMarcus Aldridge and new-recruit Pau Gasol. Lee, however, has no qualms in playing back-up minutes as he rejected richer deals from other teams to win a championship in San Antonio.
"We've been talking to the Spurs for quite a while. There's a number of places he could have gone and done better economically, but Pop and R.C. (coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford) worked hard to let David know how valuable they thought he could be to their team," Bartelstein said in another interview with ESPN.
Lee has been an All-Star when he played in New York, before winning a championship with Golden State in 2014 despite playing a backup role. He moved to Boston the next year before transferring to Dallas, where he averaged 8.5 points and 7 rebounds in 17 minutes per game for the last 25 games of the season.