NBA Trade Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers eyeing David Lee, Harrison Barnes trade?

Feb 4, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) calls for Warriors possession on the out of bounds ball against the Charlotte Bobcats during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Golden State Warriors 91-75. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers fired their general manager on Thursday, thus prompting fans everywhere to assume that the team is going to drastically alter its roster to try and make things work in the second half of the season.

One such trade might be for Golden State Warriors studs David Lee or Harrison Barnes. Warriors beat writer Tim Kawakami suggests that Golden State could part ways with one of the players since the team wouldn’t be decimated as a result.

Neither is irreplaceable–the Warriors can afford to trade either one without causing a huge drop-off if they get the right players back … The Cavs have an interesting assortment of players who just don’t work together, just fired GM Chris Grant, and thought they were building for a playoff run this season and it all blew up. This is a perilous time for them, yes it is.

The Cavs seem to overvalue their players though, something that could hold any potential deadline deal up. But that might have been the Chris Grant way of doing things and the new regime might be more receptive to giving up a big piece without requiring too much in return.

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, David Lee, Golden State Warriors, Harrison Barnes

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  • Mike Raab

    This is a proposal from a beat writer in the Bay Area. This article has no legitimacy.

  • Shawn K Frazier

    Terrible misleading headline.

    I thought for a second that maybe there was actually a source that knows insider information this writer would quote. Instead, just nothing.

    What there is is Deng’s contract that is expiring. To pick that up in a trade for Lee would clear 15mil off the books for the next two years. The free agent power forwards and stretch 4s availabe this summer could be an upgrade over Lee, including Dirk Nowitzki. That’s fun to think about.

    Another consideration is Lee’s contract would make extensions for our young guys like Thompson. Green and Barnes difficult.

    With Lee missing games now and in the playoffs last year, it is reasonable to consider that Barnes or Green is a better fit for the Warriors as the starting 4. If Lee’s contact is off the books, we would be able fill the team in with better reserves than we did last summer.

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