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Report: Warriors put David Lee on trade block

Jul 1, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

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The 2013 NBA playoffs were filled with many incredible moments: Ray Allen’s 3-pointer to send Game 6 of the NBA Finals to overtime, LeBron James making a game-winning layup with Roy Hibbert on the bench, Nate Robinson carrying the Bulls to a triple-overtime win and many more.

One moment that might have appeared to deserve mention – David Lee playing after suffering an injury that should have ended his season – was actually one of the postseason’s worst. Here’s  why, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

The Golden State Warriors  are exploring trade opportunities for All-Star forward David Lee and the three years, $44 million left on his contract, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.Lee, 30, is a popular and well-respected player within the Golden State franchise but his contract is considerable, and moving him for a star – or a player on a shorter deal – makes financial sense.

There’s a huge difference between a useful player competing through an injury and Golden State using Lee as a gimmick. If Mark Jackson wanted to motivate his team, he should have found other ways, and I believe he was capable. Jackson is one of the NBA’s most inspiring head coaches. Playing Lee was just an easy way out.

Now that the Warriors are considering trading him – a reasonable option on the merit of creating salary-cap flexibility, especially considering how successful they were in the playoffs after his injury – I wonder whether Lee regrets sacrificing his already-injured body for the team.

  1. alildusty - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    This is the current state of sports teams. There’s no reason to be loyal or give hometown discounts. There’s only the bottom line for GM’s and owners.

    This is the real reason why anyone that bashes on D. Rose is foolish. If the guy isn’t ready or is injured and doesn’t want to play he isn’t quitting on his team. He is looking out for his bottom line, his own well being, his future contracts and his bank account. I feel bad for David Lee, how do you even go back to work now? Yeah it’s business but still….

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Exactly

    • topdawg4ever - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      True that. It makes no sense to put him on the block- for WHAT? Who is out there that would be better at his position? GSW needs a big man and I don’t see a lot of big men with offensive skills like Lee out there in free agent land.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Two words….Udonis Haslem.

      Took not one, but two hometown discounts. Played the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals with a foot that kept him out the entire season and HE was the reason the Heat beat the Bulls that year. And then this year, played the last half of the season with a torn meniscus; all the while coming up HUGE against the Pacers in the ECFs.

      He’s not the best player. But there’s nobody on the team that Wade and LeBron respect more than him. Any other team in the league, the best player doesn’t respecty anyone more than they respect themselves. Not here. UD is the top dog in that department. And he’s going to have his number retired. And he’s going to be a art of the organization forever.

    • sportsnut101 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      If teams expect hometown discount. Then put in no trade clause to make it fair for the player

  2. eboneseagles - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I heard they wanted Bargnani and other pieces for him from the raptors, how about the same trade for the knicks? Wishful thinking I know, but seeing him back in NYC would be cool.

  3. readysethike - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    i think this could lead to a move for them to try and sign Josh Smith. and if anyone could get Smith to play to the best of his abilities, its Mark Jackson

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      yah, in a few months he’ll be saying, “Momma look at that man huck up shots!”

  4. jamieaadams - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    He could help someone. If he goes, I hope he goes to a team with a chance for a deep playoff run, and not like the Bucks or the Raptors or the Lakers or someone.

  5. sportsnut101 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Why trade him he’s making the right amount of money n he’s giving u all star play n u need a pf who can knock down pick n pop shot

    Unless they want a backup pg n an ok pf

  6. 13arod - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    eboneseagles he got traded to the Knicks

    • eboneseagles - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Oh cool. We also got Howard right?

    • eboneseagles - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Oh cool. We also got Howard and CP3 right?

  7. andiroid71 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Stupid decision Warriors! Not many out there that do what Lee does consistently AND within a team concept.

  8. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Bring him to the Lakers to shore up their 3 spot! Bring him!

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