Commentary

Buyer's Guide: David Lee

For a team on a budget, Lee could be a better option than big men with bigger names

Updated: June 22, 2010, 12:50 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | Special to ESPN Insider
David LeeBarry Gossage/NBAE/Getty ImagesLee's consistent motor could elevate him over pricier bigs in the eyes of some GMs.

ESPN Insider is analyzing NBA free agents not named LeBron James (we covered him pretty extensively a few weeks ago, and there's even more coming every day on the LeBron Tracker) to determine what they're really worth to the teams chasing them this summer. To follow the entire series, click here. We continue Tuesday with David Lee.

OVERALL ASSESSMENT

Even though it comes a year later than he intended, David Lee finally will get his big payday this summer. The 27-year-old failed to land a multiyear contract as a restricted free agent last offseason, but after a season in which he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds, that might have been a blessing in disguise.