Warriors acquire David Lee from the Knicks
While it was no secret that the New York Knicks where looking to move forward-center David Lee through a sign-and-trade deal, it is somewhat surprising that they eventually came to terms with the Golden State Warriors. After all, the Warriors are just in the transition process of changing ownership and it was leaked to the public that the new owner would not like the franchise to make any significant deals during the off-season.
Either way, David Lee is already on his way to Oakland where as the Knicks will receive Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike from the Warriors. More precisely, David Lee signed a 6-year deal worth approximately $80 million and was surprisingly interested in playing for Golden State. After all, the Warriors are a mediocre team at best and appear to be bound for another year in the lottery in 2010-11. Moreover, the franchise's management has made a number of questionable moves and made it to the post-season just once in the past fifteen years. Similarly, David Lee was drawing interest from various sources and should have been able to get a similar deal at a much better team. Yet, it should also be noted that Golden State's up-tempo system should be an excellent fit for Lee who excelled in Mike D'Antonis run-and-gun offense over the past few years. In 2009-10, David Lee did not only make an appearance at the All-Star game but also posted an impressive season average of 20.2 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest.
The Knicks on the other hand do not only get a very intriguing prospect in Anthony Randolph but also two decent rotation players. Last year, the 20-year old Randolph already put up 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 assists despite playing just 22 minutes per game. Likewise, Kelenna Azubuike had no trouble finding the basket either and averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Warriors in 2009-10. Albeit Ronny Turiaf is no real offensive force, he has shown that he can rebound the ball, block shots and play defense.
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Tags: David Lee, Ronny Turiaf, Kelenna Azubuike, NBA live
Posted: 18th July 2010
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