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Courtney Lee can’t play, reportedly still wants to join Mavs in Orlando

Mavericks guard Courtney Lee

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 6: Courtney Lee #1 of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 6, 2020 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Player enthusiasm about going into the NBA’s Orlando bubble — being away from family and friends for 35/50/90 days to play basketball — largely fades the farther you get away from contending teams. Players will still go, knowing the financial impact of this season not being played, but not everyone is eager to go.

Courtney Lee is eager — and he can’t even play.

Lee suffered a “freak accident” calf injury during the hiatus and cannot suit up, but he still wants to go to Orlando to support his teammates, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Dallas can fill Lee’s roster spot with another player for the restart games. For example, the Mavericks already agreed to terms with Trey Burke, who takes the roster slot of Willie Cauley-Stein (who has decided not to play in Orlando).

However, if Dallas chooses not to fill the roster spot of Lee, then the veteran wing is free to go go to Orlando. He also would have no obligation to his team to play and could leave the bubble and return home if he wanted. (For the record, all players are free to leave the Disney campus whenever they want, however, once they do they have to go through the quarantine process again to practice/play with teammates.)