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.