Shortly before the Sixers take down the Hornets on Wednesday, Philadelphia President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced that the Sixers have officially signed Saben Lee to a two-way contract.
In order to make room for Lee on the roster, the Sixers waived their undrafted rookie, Michael Foster Jr.. Now, Lee is set to split time between the Sixers’ main roster and their NBA G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats.
Prior to being relegated with the Sixers, Lee played for the Toronto Raptors G-League team, Raptors 905. In the Raptors’ first seven games of the G-League season, Lee averaged 22 points and six assists while depleting 56 percent of his shooting.
Before Lee made it to the NBA, the St. Louis-born guard played college hoops at Vanderbilt. He spent three seasons in the NCAA, starting in 78 of the 96 games in which he appeared. During his final season at Vandy, Lee averaged 19 points while draining 48 percent of his shots and 32 percent of his three-pointers.
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After his New Year’s campaign, Lee entered the 2020 NBA Draft. Lee was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round. Despite being Utah’s 38th overall pick, Lee was traded to the Detroit Pistons soon after. As a junior, Lee signed a two-way deal with the Pistons, splitting time on the main roster and in the G League with the Motor City Cruise.
During the 2020-2021 season, Lee appeared in 48 games for the Pistons. During that time, he averaged six points while draining 47 percent of his shots and 35 percent of his triples. In his second season with the Pistons, Lee averaged the same amount of points, as his shooting numbers fell to just 39 percent from the field.
During the offseason, Lee was brought back to the Jazz along with Kelly Olynyk in the deal that landed the Pistons’ Bojan Bogdanovic. Shortly after the deal was sealed, Lee was waived, leading him to join Raptors 905.
Now, Lee will join the Sixers. Given that Philadelphia lacks depth at the guard position at this time with injuries to James Harden, Therese Maxe and Jaden Springer, the two-way owner could be on the Philadelphia bench as soon as Friday when the Sixers face the Orlando Magic on the road. Two game extension.
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