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Report: Kings Are Targeting Courtney Lee In Free Agency

Via James Ham, Kings Insider Podcast

I think it's a lot more likely that Lee would welcome a return to a Joerger-led team. He played some of his best basketball in Memphis, and potentially more importantly, Joerger was the first coach to really give him a long-term look as a starter. With how weak the Kings are at shooting guard, Vlade Divac can make a pretty compelling argument that, under Joerger, with the Kings' guard situation as weak as it is, the Kings can offer him more playing time and a starting role that other teams with cap space cannot guarantee.

For as much as I like Lee, and for as good of a fit as I think he can be, I do worry about the sort of offer the Kings will have to send him in order to lure him to Sacramento. Lee will be 31 by the time training camp opens, and my own personal irresponsible speculation is that he's going to command $10 million, give or take a couple million in either direction, per year for 3-4 years. The Kings probably have to bite that bullet, but his long-term effectiveness is a concern considering is age, particularly in that potential third or fourth year.

Beggars can't be choosers, though, and the Kings are still very much beggars. I like Lee's game quite a bit, and on a different level, I think he can be a really good mentor to someone like Malachi Richardson. Lee is such a smart player, he's someone that is hyper-aware of his role, and for a young guy with notorious shot selection and decision making issues like Richardson, learning from Lee could be a career-saver.

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