San Antonio Spurs forward David Lee suffered a sprained patellar tendon in his knee in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors that kept him out the rest of the series. However, the team has announced he has avoided surgery and is expected back for training camp.

While Lee is nowhere near the All-Star he was with the New York Knicks, he is still a serviceable big-man off the bench. His ability to play within his limitations, if placed in the right system – similar to what he did with the Warriors winning the 2015 NBA Championship – he can be a key contributor.

The 34-year-old St. Louis native has a $1.6 million player option with the Spurs next year, and whether he stays or decides to play elsewhere it’s a positive he wont need surgery. Lee is the prototypical Spurs veteran that they like to bring off the bench, with high intelligence, good passing and sound team defense, so it certainly wont be a surprise if he decides to pick-up his option.

In his career Lee has averaged 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds across 13 seasons. With the Spurs this past season he averaged 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 79 games.

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