03 July 2012
The 6-foot-5 200 pound quick shooting guard Courtney Lee is now an unrestricted free agent and on the market. Lee had his qualifying offer from the Houston Rockets withdrew today so that automatically makes him an UFA (unrestricted free agent).
Courtney is a terrific role player and a great energy guy off of the bench. With an aging Rip Hamilton, Courtney makes a lot of sense to be a possible fit to be the shooting guard of the future in Chicago alongside Derrick Rose. Lee can also handle the ball a little and was a reserve point guard for the Rockets the last two years. So it's safe to say that he will be a solid player to have with Derrick Rose most likely out for at least something around 60 to 75 percent -- maybe even more than that -- of the 2012-2013 NBA Season.
Now, Courtney Lee is no Ray Allen, but, I've always see a little bit of him when he's on the offensive end. C-Lee is a pesky defender with a high toughness level paired with a good motor ... attributes that makes him even more attractive to NBA Front Offices.
According to K.C. Johnson, The Bulls have already contacted Lee:
Bulls have already reached out to Courtney Lee.â€” K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 4, 2012
Sam Amick of SI.com then posted a comment on Sulia: "Courtney Lee is even more popular now that Houston withdrew his qualifying offer & made him an unrestricted free agent: Source says Chicago, Indiana, Clippers, Dallas, Phoenix, Washington, Memphis and Atlanta have shown interest."
Courtney is among many other reported backcourt players that the Bulls have targeted and/or contacted. Those of which being Kirk Hinrich, Derek Fisher, Willie Green, Brandon Roy and now Courtney Lee.
Lee averaged 11.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season.
To read about Derek Fisher, Brandon Roy and Kirk Hinrich's recruitment to the Bulls, click here.
To see who the dark horse Asik replacement is, click here.
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