SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Santa Cruz Warriors have acquired the returning player rights to forward Damion Lee from the Maine Red Claws in a three-team trade, the team announced today. Santa Cruz will send the returning player rights to forward LaDontae Henton to the Agua Caliente Clippers, while the Red Claws will receive the returning player rights to guard Bryce Cotton from Agua Caliente as well as the Clippers 2017 second-round pick (44th overall).
Lee (6’6”, 210) appeared in 16 games (all starts) with the Maine Red Claws during the 2016-17 G League season, averaging 17.8 points, 6.25 rebounds, 3.31 assists, and 1.06 steals in 34.1 minutes per contest.
After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, Lee joined the Miami Heat for the 2016 Summer Leagues in Las Vegas and Orlando, where he appeared in 11 games, notching 7.45 points and 2 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per contest. He later signed with the Boston Celtics, appearing in two preseason games, before being acquired under the affiliate rule by the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics G League outfit. In January 2017, Lee suffered a season-ending injury and was waived by the Red Claws.
Lee spent his senior 2015-16 season as a graduate transfer with the Louisville Cardinals, appearing in 30 games (all starts), averaging 15.93 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.97 assists, and 1.53 steals in 33.5 minutes per contest. He spent his previous three seasons with the Drexel Dragons, where he was the nation’s fourth-leading scorer as a junior, averaging 21.4 points per game. Lee finished his career at Drexel as tenth in career points (1,538), first in free throw percentage (.842), and third in career three-pointers (196) over three seasons.
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