Damion Lee agrees to 1-year deal with Phoenix Suns

Jul 1, 2022, 9:01 PM | Updated: Jul 5, 2022, 1:49 pm
Damion Lee #1 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after a three point basket in the first half ...
Damion Lee #1 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after a three point basket in the first half L at Chase Center on February 12, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent wing Damion Lee, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.

The agreement was the first for the Suns this offseason after NBA free agency began on Thursday at 3 p.m. Arizona time.

With former Suns backup guard Aaron Holiday reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, Lee looks to be his replacement.

Lee’s athleticism allows him to defend both the guard and wing positions while also providing depth as a decent shooter.

Lee, who turns 30 in October, is coming off of a 2021-22 season in which he served as a role player en route to winning his first Larry O’Brien Trophy with the Golden State Warriors over the Boston Celtics in June’s NBA Finals.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard averaged 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals in 19.9 minutes per game last season.

Lee also shot 44.1% from the field, 33.7% from three-point range and 88% from the free throw line in 63 games (five starts).

Since going undrafted out of Louisville in 2016 and signing with the Hawks in 2018, the five-year pro has a career average of 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.7 steals in 21.0 minutes per contest.

In 216 regular-season games (53 starts) in his NBA career, Lee is shooting 43.4% from the field, 35.7% from three and 86.8% from the charity stripe.

And despite being on the Warriors from 2018-22, Lee saw his first playoff action this past postseason, where he contributed with 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds over 7.8 minutes per game in 16 appearances.

Lee is also married to Sydel Curry-Lee, who is the daughter of former NBA player Dell Curry and the younger sister of Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Brooklyn Nets guard Seth Curry.

Penguin Air

Phoenix Suns

Bill Russell, left, star of the Boston Celtics is congratulated by coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach afte...
Kevin Zimmerman

NBA retires No. 6 jerseys, to add jersey patch honoring late Bill Russell

Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey is the first to be retired across the NBA. Players will wear the patch on the shoulders this year.
3 days ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the first half of Game One of the Western Confere...
Kevin Zimmerman

ESPN’s NBA staff still mighty high on 2022-23 Phoenix Suns

If you were wondering why the Suns have attacked the offseason with tinkering, it might be time to remember the past two full seasons.
4 days ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles safety Marc...
Arizona Sports

Larry Fitzgerald, Pedro Gomez in 2022 Arizona Sports Hall of Fame class

Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald and late journalist Pedro Gomez are among the 2022 class entering the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
4 days ago
Kevin Durant attends "NYC Point Gods" premiere at Midnight Theatre on July 26, 2022 in New York Cit...
Dan Bickley

Kevin Durant’s exit could get messy for Nets, maybe Suns, too

By my calculations, there is only one way Durant lands in Phoenix. There must be a second act of petulance even worse than the first.
5 days ago
Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket as Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns defe...
Arizona Sports

Report: Kevin Durant tells Nets owner to pick him or coach, GM

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant reportedly met with team owner Joe Tsai in London on Saturday and reiterated his trade request.
6 days ago
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Gold...
Sam Graveline

ESPN’s Pelton gives Phoenix Suns ‘C+’ offseason grade

Despite the Phoenix Suns being among the few teams to dominate the offseason news cycle, ESPN's Kevin Pelton gave them a C+ grade.
6 days ago
Damion Lee agrees to 1-year deal with Phoenix Suns