SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The back-to-back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Damion Lee to a two-way contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Lee, 25, played in 38 games (13 starts) last season as an affiliate player for the Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 15.8 points on 45.6 percent (199-of-436 FG) to go along with 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.40 steals in 29.7 minutes. Lee earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Atlanta Hawks on March 13, where he appeared in 15 games (11 starts) and scored 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.36 steals in 26.9 minutes.
“The Santa Cruz Warriors organization is thrilled to welcome Damion Lee back to the Golden State family, and we look forward to his potential return to Surf City in 2018-19,” said Santa Cruz Warriors General Manager Kent Lacob. “Damion made tremendous strides on the court last season and was a prominent voice in our local community initiatives. We believe that Damion has just begun to tap into his potential, and we’re excited to play a part in his growth next season as part of his two-way contract.”
Lee (6-6, 210) was selected to the USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying Team that played two exhibition games in Santa Cruz on February 23 and 26, 2018. The guard recorded seven points, four rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes in wins over Cuba and Puerto Rico during the second window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifying first-round.
A Baltimore, Maryland native, Lee was originally acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors in a three-team trade with the Maine Red Claws and Agua Caliente Clippers on August 21, 2017. In his 2016-17 rookie season with the Red Claws, Lee averaged 17.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 16 games (all starts) before being waived due to injury.
Lee played collegiately at Drexel University for four seasons before spending his redshirt senior season at the University of Louisville in 2015-16 as a graduate transfer. At Louisville, Lee started all 30 games and scored 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.6 minutes per game.
Lee is the third player in Golden State Warriors history to sign a two-way contract, joining forward Chris Boucher and guard Quinn Cook. Last season as a two-way player, Cook appeared in 33 games (18 starts) and averaged 9.5 points on 48.4 percent shooting from the field to earn a multi-year contract with the team on April 10, 2018.
Per NBA rules, teams are permitted to sign two players to two-way contracts in addition to the 15-man regular-season roster. Players signed to a two-way contract may accrue no more than 45 days of service with their respective NBA club during the regular season, spending the remainder of the season with the team’s G League affiliate. The Warriors’ two-way players will have the ability to spend time with both Golden State and the team’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz Warriors have released a new 6-game Mini-Plan for the 2018-19 season, giving fans the opportunity to reserve the best seats for six high demand games at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Fans can purchase this new 6-game Mini-Plan, which includes the team’s home finale on Saturday, March 23, by signing up for Warriors Insider or by calling the Santa Cruz Warriors front office at (831) 713-4400.
For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors please visit santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.