The Philadelphia 76ers completed their new roster acquisition Wednesday night ahead of their matchup against the Charlotte Hornets.
Just prior to the Sixers’ tip against the Hornets on Wednesday, Philadelphia president of basketball operations Daryl Morey announced that the Sixers had officially signed Saben Lee to a two-way contract.
To make room for Lee on the roster, the Sixers relinquished undrafted rookie Michael Foster Jr. Now Lee will split time between the Sixers’ main roster and their NBA G League partner, the Delaware Blue Coats.
Before landing with the Sixers, Lee played with Raptors 905, a G League offshoot of the Toronto Raptors. In the first seven games of the Raptors’ G League season, Lee averaged 22 points and six assists while losing 56 percent of his shots.
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 he appeared in. During his final season at Vandy, Lee averaged 19 points while firing 48 percent of his shots and 32 percent of his three-pointers.
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Following his junior year campaign, Lee entered the 2020 NBA Draft. Lee was a second round selection by the Utah Jazz. Despite becoming Utah’s 38th overall pick, Lee was traded to the Detroit Pistons shortly thereafter. As a freshman, Lee struck a two-way deal with the Pistons, sharing time on the main roster and G League with Motor City Cruise.
In the 2020-2021 season, Lee appeared in 48 games with the Pistons. During that time, he averaged six points while making 47 percent of his shots and 35 percent of his three-pointers. In his second season with the Pistons, Lee averaged the same number of points with his shot counts falling to just 39 percent of the field.
During the offseason, Lee was traded back to Jazz along with Kelly Olynyk as part of the deal that brought in the Pistons Bojan Bogdanovic. Shortly after the deal was finalized, Lee was fired, prompting him to join Raptor’s 905.
Now Lee will join the Sixers. Given that Philadelphia currently lacks depth in guard with James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Jaden Springer all nursing injuries, the two-way signer could be on Philadelphia’s bench as early as Friday when the Sixers take on the road against the Orlando Magic will compete a stretch of two games.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for All76ers, a Sports Illustrated channel. You can follow him on Twitter for live updates: @JGrasso_.