For the second – maybe third or fourth – the Wolves has lost out on a free agent they didn’t really need in the first place. First it was Rudy Gay resigning with the Grizzles, and now it appears David Lee will be heading even further west to play with Golden State in a sign-and-trade deal with the Knicks.
Punctuation side-note: I am never sure when and how to use the hyphen in the phrase “sign and trade”.
The rumor has appeared on the usual sites, but here is the post from CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Steinmetz.
The Warriors and Knicks have agreed in principle to a sign-and-trade deal that would send power forward David Lee to Golden State for Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike, multiple sources confirmed on Thursday.
I am sure you noticed that Anthony Randolph, another player the Wolves has targeted in trade speculation, is involved with this trade. While David Lee was not high on my “this guy would change the Wolves” list, he has name recognition and is a double-double player.
But according ESPN’s Chad Ford, the deal is far from done and Lee’s agent is Mark Bartelstein is down-playing the report.
“There are a million things going on right now,” Bartelstein said. “We are still talking to five different teams about different scenarios. David hasn’t made up his mind and nothing has been agreed to. I’m not sure where all of this stuff is coming from.”
Lee had been tied to Golden State since free agency started, but I am surprised by what the Warriors are giving up. Randolph is a player the Warriors have put a lot of stock in, but what has he done? Nothing. Expect dropping 40 points in a summer league game. Turiaf is an energy with six fouls, and Azubuike had a good season in 08-09.
In Lee, the Warriors get a player the fits the style of offense over everything else, and the Knicks get a young player, Randolph, who still has the potential to be very good and Azubuike’s $3.3M contract comes off the books after this season and Turiaf’s $4.1 the following season.