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Three-way trade rumored for Al Jefferson, Monta Ellis, and David Lee

Jul 4, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

Here’s a juicy one.

NY Post reports that there’s a trade being discussed that would send Al Jefferson to the Warriors, Monta Ellis to the Knicks, and David Lee to the Timberwolves. Take a second to get your brain around that.

What we’re really looking at if this rumor has any weight (and that’s a whole other puzzle to solve) is a situation where three teams with players in their respective doghouses are looking to ditch said players for guys in the other teams’ doghouses.

David Lee has been arguably the most consistent Knick (unless you want to count Eddy Curry, but then,  that’s not really the kind of consistency you’re looking for) and has put up numbers, is coachable and versatile. He was given a one-year flyer last year by the Knicks in a year where everyone was saving up, naturally, for this season.

Monta Ellis is a bizarre case. Fast, efficient, and dynamic. But then, well, he fell off a moped and then the wheels fell off the Warriors and now he’s considered a liability, especially with the existence of Stephen Curry on the mortal coil.

But Al Jefferson? That’s the mind-boggling one. There’s an injury history, nothing to be overlooked. His defense has a ways to go, that’s for sure. But Jefferson is the type of player you can give the ball to in the block with 2 minutes to go in a tight game and say “get us a bucket.” Do you realize how few players there are in that category in this league? And yet he’s been in David Kahn’s doghouse since the moment he took the job. His play hasn’t decline, nor has he blown up at a coach, but his trade value is decimated, simply by the virtue of how long and hard he’s been out on the line.

So now Jefferson could be running and gunning with subpar coaching, Ellis could be running in Seven Seconds or Less, and David Lee could be teamed with Darko for a frontcourt combo that will strike fear into the hearts of, well… no one. It’s Darko. But still.

It’s a weird summer. If this gets pulled off, it’s only going to get weirder.

  1. hiker24 - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Al Jefferson was the center piece that got KG to Boston. It would be ironic if there was a chance of returning him to us while Perkins is on the mend. Any one hear rumors of that?

  2. arsenalrules - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Jefferson’s DUI arrest – and suspension – earlier this year probably hasn’t left Twolves management enamored with him, either. The Twolves haven’t won with him – how much worst can they be without him? He’s not the second coming of Kevin Garnett.

  3. Holly Petersen - Jul 5, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Jefferson will never be KG – however, as a Celtics fan I would dearly love to have Al back!! If I was stuck in TWolf country, I might have ended up with a DUI, too!

  4. Brewhah - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    This isn’t hard to figure out to a Wolves fan…. Kahn wants up-tempo. He wants Ricky Rubio leading a fast-paced team that will transition to the triangle in the half-court. He loves Kevin Love and his outlet passing, and is searching for a center that can run and play facing the basket (i.e. Darko, god help us all…). Big Al does not fit in this type of game. He’s a back-to-the-basket monster that would have fit in well in the days of Olajuwon-Ewing-Robinson, but has precious few places to go in today’s NBA. He won’t fit in in Golden State any better, unless they are having a change in philosophy. The perfect place for Al?? San Antonio. Duncan is nearing his end. Is there a better player to continue the tradition of the true isolation post man in the NBA today??
    And for the Celtic fans…. I am a huge KG fan, and I think he’s well-deserving all the acclaim he has ever recieved and then some. But as his career progressed here in Mn, we came to realize something. He is not The Man. What he is is the greatest supporting player to ever live. He’s remarkably consistent and will give you 20-10-5 year in and year out, and play good defense to boot. But with the game on the line, he doesn’t want the ball in his hands. Love KG, for the player and the person he is, but never forget…. He’s the #2. The high-profile, fan-favorite #2 that plays like a #1. And hope that your front office is scouring the globe for anyone who can even approach the player he is, because as far as I’m concerned, he’s more valuable to a team than any superstar out there.

  5. Warriors Fan - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:18 AM

    Al Jefferson would be going to FANTASTIC coaching, not subpar coaching. Everybody’s gotta hate on the Warriors. I’d love to have him at any rate, although it’d be a shame to see Monta Ellis go.

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