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David Lee set to be traded to Boston Celtics from Golden State Warriors

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The Boston Celtics may not have made much of a splash in free agency but it looks like the famous franchise are about to bring a touch of NBA Championship class to their roster in the form of a trade.

Title winner

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Celtics have agreed a trade deal with the Golden State Warriors that will see big man David Lee arrive at TD Garden.

Lee saw his minutes reduced in Golden State last season but did play a part in the Bay Area franchise securing their first NBA title in four decades - plugging in for the final three games as the Warriors turned around a 2-1 Finals deficit.

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The deal is yet to be officially announced by either franchise but, should Boston get their man, the Celtics will have beaten off competition from the likes of the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers who have been linked with a move in the past week or so.

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With the Warriors so keen to move on Lee and his $15.5 million 2015-16 salary it isn't expected they will seek much in return from the Celtics.

At the time of writing it is unclear exactly what the Eastern Conference team are giving up but, again, Marc Stein has claimed that it will be veteran small forward Gerald Wallace.

The trade may look lopsided at first but bringing on board the 32-year-old would provide a huge tax break for the reigning NBA Champions. 

Fresh break

The move will also be a chance for a new start for David Lee.  Having played 69 games in the 2013-14 campaign, the former Knicks man appeared in just 47 games last season as new head coach Steve Kerr went a different direction.

He still has ability to keep control of the ball in the post and has averaged 15 points per game over his career to date, too. 

His arrival, though, does throw up the issue of a crowded power forward spot. Unless the Celtics are planning further moves in the trade market he will have to fight for minutes alongside the likes of Olynyk, Zeller, Sullinger and newly acquired Amir Johnson.

Celtics fans: Are you happy with this trade? Let us know in the comments section below...

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Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
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Boston Celtics
Atlantic Division
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