Jul 7, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT
There were questions about how David Lee fit into the seven-seconds-or-less New York Knicks offense last season.
So now he could end up with Golden State — one of the few teams to play even faster.
The Knicks and Warriors are close to a deal that would sign-and-trade David Lee to the West coast and send Anthony Randolph back to the Knicks, according to the Contra Costa Times.
This deal hinges on LeBron James (doesn’t everything right now, it seems) — if opts for New York all bets are off. I’ll let you decide the odds of that; I’m done thinking about where LeBron goes for a few hours. That part of my brain has shut off.
Golden State management, one source said, still considers it a real possibility that Lee takes a lucrative offer elsewhere, or the Knicks do a sign-and-trade with another team. But as long as James doesn’t go to the Knicks, the Warriors are “in the game.”
The Warriors won’t offer Lee a max deal, but one source suggested Golden State’s ceiling is a six-year deal starting at about $13 million. New Jersey is still an option, also the Minnesota Timberwolves — who Lee visited earlier this month and was reportedly impressed.
Randolph is an athletic big who can score and would fit well in Mike D’Antoni’s system. He would have fit well in Don Nelson’s system if he had ever really trusted Randolph and turned him loose.
Lee has options but can’t wait too long, the dance cards are staring to fill up. Chicago has already gone with Boozer. Lee may be the best power forward out there on the market right now, but teams afraid of not having anyone to dance with will make other arraignments fast.
New Jersey may have some appeal, but Golden State is on the verge of a new, potentially very rich, owner as well. And there are few more loyal fan bases than the Bay Area. And worse places to live, as well.
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