BOSTON (CBS) —  One way or another, David Lee will not be a member of the Boston Celtics after the upcoming trade deadline.

The Celtics will either trade or work out a buyout with the veteran forward, according to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck.

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Lee, acquired from the Golden State Warriors for Gerald Wallace in the offseason, fell out of the Boston rotation early in the season and has been riding the bench since. He’s logged just 26 minutes of playing time over the last month (playing in just two games), and though he remains a professional behind the scenes, isn’t pleased with his current situation. He and his reps are reportedly working with Boston to reach a solution.

The 32-year-old Lee has played in just 30 games for Boston this season, averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He will be an attractive trade chip for other teams thanks to his $15.5 million expiring contract, which Boston could use to match up with other big contract players involved in a deal.

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The NBA trade deadline is February 18 at 3 p.m. EST.

 

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