4 BITS: Florida Gators F/C David Lee traded from Golden State Warriors to Boston Celtics

By Adam Silverstein
July 7, 2015

1 » Former Florida Gators forward/center David Lee had a rough year as a member of the Golden State Warriors. On a max contract, Lee was relegated to a bench role and did not see significant minutes until late in the 2015 NBA Playoffs when his presence was needed to help lead Golden State to a title. With one year and $15.5 million remaining on Lee’s six-year deal, the Warriors and Lee mutually agreed to a parting of ways this offseason, which has resulted in the player being traded to the Boston Celtics. According to basketball writer Tommy Dee, who first reported the trade, Lee’s former team (the New York Knicks) was also considering bringing Lee back in the fold at some point but a three-way trade was unable to materialize. ESPN has also reported Lee’s trade, noting that he was exchanged for Gerald Wallace.

2 » Former Gators F/C Alex Tyus opted out of his contract with Maccabi Tel-Aviv of the Israeli League, according to Euroleague basketball specialist David Pick. Tyus, who led Maccabi to titles in both leagues in 2014, averaged 10.9 points and 5.0 rebounds that season with the club. Last year, he averaged 10. points and 5.2 boards in 21.1 minutes per game and is quickly becoming one of the most sought after big men in Israel. Tyus converted to Judaism after his senior year at Florida and likely plans to continue his career in Israel.

3 » Power forward Al Horford has been a star for the Atlanta Hawks, so it is no wonder the franchise has decided to give his brother an opportunity. Center Jon Horford, who transferred to UF for his graduate season after spending four years at Michigan, has been added to the Hawks’ roster for the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The younger Horford will be a long shot to make the team or perhaps even earn a spot in the NBA D-League.

4 » Point guard Scottie Wilbekin has played two games for the Orlando Magic in local summer league action, combining to go 6-for-19 with 15 points and four assists in 34 minutes over those contests. Though he is expected to finish out the summer league with the Magic and still hopes to sign an NBA contract, it does not appear as if Wilbekin is in line for that opportunity, though he could get a chance to play in the NBA D-League.

In the mean time, he re-signed with the Cairns Taipans of Australia’s NBL on Monday, linking up with the franchise that initiated his professional basketball career. Named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season, Wilbekin led Cairns to its best-ever record (21-7) and the NBL finals, where his team eventually dropped a three-game series. He averaged 15.2 points and 4.3 assists with the Taipans before being snatched up for the end of the Greek league season by AEK Athens.

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