Courtney Lee is a problem for the Knicks
The New York Knicks are a young team that is looking to build something special.
By the look of things it seems as though the Knicks did a heck of job by drafting Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson and then signing Allonzo Trier as an undrafted free agent this past offseason.
Trier is a talented rookie that has shown that he deserves to be on the floor each and every game, which is one of he reasons why there is no longer a role for veteran Courtney Lee.
Luckily for Trier, Lee suffered a neck injury during a training camp practice and was unable to play during the preseason. This opened things up for Trier who has been outstanding.
Lee is a good veteran player, but right now, with where the Knicks are as a team, they no longer need him.
Instead the Knicks need to give Lee’s minutes to Trier and second year shooting guard Damyean Dotson if there are any left over of course.
Dotson also looked very good in the preseason, but didn’t get any minutes during New York’s regular season opener against the Atlanta Hawks.
Aside from Trier, Dotson and of course Tim Hardaway Jr., the Knicks can also play Frank Ntilikina at the two spot. All of a sudden they have a crowded back court and Lee looks to be the odd man out.
Of course the Knicks aren’t able to waive Lee because of the fact that his contract doesn’t run out until after the 2019-20 season and they don’t need to deal with the salary cap ramifications that would go with that.
We know the Knicks are trying to trade Lee, but if they aren’t able to do so anytime soon, what will they do with him? Should they play him and take minutes away from Trier and possibly Doston?
I don’t believe they should, both Trier and Dotson need as many minutes as they can get. And with the Knicks not in a position to make the playoffs, Lee is no longer needed.
Right now, I can’t imagine that Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale will be able to include Lee in his rotation if Trier keeps playing well.
Comment below and tell us whether or not Lee should get minutes with Trier playing so well.
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