David Lee Rumors

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David Lee
Position: F-C
Born: 04/29/83
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:249 lbs. / 113 kg.
Salary: $15,493,680
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Golden State has explored dealing ex-Knicks power forward David Lee, who wants to play in New York and has one year and $15.5 million left on his pact. According to a source, this scenario has been discussed among the parties. Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who opted in to the last year of his deal ($14 million) and shares an agent with Monroe, reportedly is available as well, and the Knicks have interest.
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One other big man on the Knicks’ radar is Golden State’s David Lee. Sources say the Knicks have discussed internally the possibility of trading for Lee, who was drafted by New York in 2005 and played his first five seasons there. Lee, 32, is due to make $15.5 million next season and is looking for a new home. The Knicks have approximately $19 million in cap space and can absorb Lee’s contract in a trade. Lee’s deal would come off the books in 2016 and the expiring contract would give the Knicks an extra $15 million in cap space to spend in the summer of 2016, when the cap is expected to increase by $22 million.
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Howard Beck: David Lee has one year left on deal, so no long-term cap issues for team acquiring him. Still a very effective scorer/rebounder/passer. I do know that Knicks have had discussions about reacquiring Lee. But they had to explore all FA options first. It’s a possibility. David Lee remains very popular with Knicks fans. Many didn’t want to see him go back in 2010, when they signed Amare. Would be good PR, too. To those asking: Teams w/cap room wouldn’t have to give up much to get Lee from GSW. They want to shed his salary, minimize tax hit.
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The Warriors almost certainly won’t sacrifice two picks for that financial relief, per league sources. They are raking in money, and they appear willing to absorb a moderate tax hit — the kind they would face if they were to buy Lee out or trade him for a player earning less money. The Warriors earned about $15 million in basketball-only activities last season, per a memo obtained by Grantland, and they should blow that away when this season’s numbers come in.
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While Thompson’s huge new deal (which starts at $15.5 million) and Green’s expected new deal (which could start at a similar place) will explode the payroll, the Warriors can still get under the luxury-tax threshold if they find a taker for David Lee’s $15.5 million salary next season. The Warriors probably would have to use their upcoming first-round pick (30th overall) as incentive for a team to take Lee’s salary. ESPN.com reported Wednesday that the Warriors have already told Lee that they want to give him a chance to get more playing time elsewhere.
“I’ll have chances from here. It’s not like I’m trying to prove to people that I’m able to play this game,” Lee told ESPN Radio after Game 1. “Everybody knows that I’m capable. But it’s been kind of cool to put the ego aside and say, ‘Hey, this is about something bigger than me.’ There was always the talk when I was in New York that I was a guy that could put up numbers but couldn’t help the team win … [that] it was all about me and not the team. A lot of guys that are on bad teams that put up big numbers kind of have that rap and that’s not what I want to be known as. I want to be known as a great teammate and a great competitor. So I think I’ve proven that this year. That my attitude hasn’t changed the entire season. I’ve been ready.”

David Lee on the move?

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Sources said the Warriors have privately acknowledged to Lee and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, that it would be unfair to the former All-Star to ask him to continue to serve in a limited role next season after Lee accepted his diminished minutes without complaint all season. Although discussions on this topic were essentially tabled by both sides until after the playoffs, sources said Wednesday that the Warriors and Bartelstein have resolved to work together to “come up with a good solution” to find a new home for Lee this offseason.
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The Warriors are nonetheless expected to aggressively explore the trade market for Lee in conjunction with the NBA draft on June 25 and with free agency starting July 1. Sources say Golden State is determined to match any offer that comes for Green in restricted free agency and also intend to discuss a contract extension with forward Harrison Barnes, which only increases the likelihood that Lee moves on. “I’ll have chances from here. It’s not like I’m trying to prove to people that I’m able to play this game,” Lee told ESPN Radio after Game 1. “Everybody knows that I’m capable. But it’s been kind of cool to put the ego aside and say, ‘Hey, this is about something bigger than me.’
“It says a lot about what character and what chemistry in the NBA can mean,” a champagne-soaked David Lee said after the 105-97 Game 6 win over Cleveland on Tuesday night. Of Golden State’s front office, he continued, “They’ve gone out and they’ve gotten guys that get along, that are good people on and off the court and have found a way to play as a team and sacrifice.” Then Lee used that “S” word again. “If we would have won it with a bunch of jerks, it would have been a great experience, but to win it with these guys has made it that much more special.”
Lacob is quick to insist that this narrative has been overblown. It was more about the relationship between his girlfriend and Lee’s ex, he said, adding that he makes a concerted effort not to get too close with his players. Case in point, Lacob said: A running poker game near his house that routinely includes Lee, Warriors big man Andrew Bogut and 14-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Helmuth. Lacob — who is an avid poker player — has been invited “probably 25 times” now but refuses to attend. “I play in all these things, these tournaments, World Series events,” Lacob said. “But I have never once played in that game. And the reason is — yeah, I’d love to play, they’re my players and I like them — but I just don’t think that it’s appropriate for me to get that close.”