Lee will have to battle to get some playing time for the Suns, who are willing to give looks to many players in order to find the right combination to improve from a 25-57 record a year ago.
Lee spent his first two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves. His best season was last year, when he had 12 starts out of 16 games. He averaged 18.1 minutes, 4.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
Injuries have plagued Lee. As an NBA rookie, he missed the first 24 games after undergoing surgery on Dec. 30 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Lee has had two surgeries on each knee, plus hip surgery. The Suns reportedly took on his contract so they could move up a draft pick and take Archie Goodwin.
Lee could make the team if he gives the Suns strong indication in the preseason that he’ll stay healthy, and that his athleticism and defensive abilities are still in check and ready to be displayed on the basketball floor.
He showed some ability to be a playmaker and a offensive threat when he was in the lineup, although he only shot 38.2 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent in 3-pointers a year ago.
Lee demonstrated he could shoot the ball and be an offensive threat when he was at UCLA averaging 13 points a game as a junior. He hasn’t played a game since Dec. 12 and has been working on staying healthy. He’s convinced that if he stays healthy, he can be an impact for the Suns.