Knicks Reach 1-Year Deal With Lee

HOWARD BECK

After a frustrating summer of free-agent purgatory, David Lee finally has a deal to return to the Knicks, albeit for less money and less long-term security than he wanted.Lee agreed to terms Thursday on a one-year contract worth up to $8 million, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein. The Knicks declined to comment, but all indications are that the deal will be completed Friday — four days before training camp begins.

“I’m excited to be in New York,” Lee said Thursday night in a telephone interview. “That’s what I set out to do in the first place.”

Nate Robinson, the Knicks’ other high-profile free agent, also has agreed to a one-year deal, which should be finalized soon.

There was never much doubt about Lee’s desire to play for the Knicks, or the Knicks’ desire to keep him. At 26, Lee is just entering his prime and has established himself as one of the best rebounders in the league. He averaged a career-best 16 points and 11.7 rebounds last season.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/25/sports/basketball/25knicks.html?_r=1&ref=basketball

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