Mar 18, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) controls a steal against Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Orlando Magic 103-89. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Orlando Magic a destination for Golden State Warriors’ David Lee?


Although the Golden State Warriors have not shown a lot of interest in trading power forward David Lee, a first round elimination is making them re-think that theory.

According to Marcus Thompson of The San Jose Mercury News, the Orlando Magic could be a potential destination for Lee.

But now, per a couple league sources, the Warriors have lowered the bar realizing they’ve got to come off that contract so they can go after a co-star for Stephen Curry. Plus, with Steve Kerr acknowledging he wants a stretch-four, which Lee is not, the writing is really on the wall for Lee.

I’ve been told to watch out for Orlando as a potential trade partner for Golden State. They have cap space and after a second consecutive year finishing way down in the Eastern Conference standings, they need to make a move. They might be a taker for David Lee for the same reasons the Warriors were back in 2010: they need someone who can produce reliably and usher the franchise into respectability.

The deal would involve Magic guard Arron Afflalo, who could potentially replace guard Klay Thompson as the Warriors use Thompson in an attempt to upgrade elsewhere. Although they have flat out said they won’t be moving Thompson, Afflalo could allow them to do so, perhaps in a deal for Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.

Of course, from a Magic perspective, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, even if the Warriors could sweeten the pot with Harrison Barnes or Dryamond Green.

Lee averaged 18.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season.


Tags: Arron Afflalo David Lee Draymond Green Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes Kevin Love NBA Rumors Orlando Magic

  • Alan Craig

    The Mercury News isn’t a good source. Orlando has 2 number ones, 4 and 12. They are going young around Oladipo SG 22, Vucevic C 23, and Harris SF/PF 21. In this draft they are in good position to get both needs PG and SF or PF. Afflalo will be trade bait for young player or another number 1 choice. The trade Lee carnival is back in town along with all the clowns with their same lame act.

  • linda creesy

    would love to see lee in an orlando uniform.

  • Mikeyho

    Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas Golden State.