HoopsHype Kelenna Azubuike rumors

July 9, 2010 Updates
July 8, 2010 Updates

LeBron James and David Lee are the last of the top uncommitted free agents on our Top Free Agent list. Once LeBron announces his intentions tonight at 9 p.m. on ESPN, Lee should know pretty quickly where he'll land. League sources tell me that the Warriors are in the lead to land Lee in a sign-and-trade with the Knicks if New York doesn't win the LeBron Lottery tonight. The deal, according to sources, would send Lee to the Warriors for Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike among others. The deal was first reported by Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times. Lee is expected to get a 6 year, $80 million dollar deal from the Warriors in the sign-and-trade. Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has coveted Randolph for years and feels he'd give them another long, athletic forward to pair with Amare Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari in the front court. If the Knicks do land LeBron tonight, they'll have to renounce their rights to Lee in order to fit in LeBron under the cap. That will kill any chances of a sign-and-trade. ESPN.com

According to multiple sources, including a few within the organization, the Warriors are one of a few teams in the mix for Lee via a sign-and-trade with the Knicks. If James reaches a contract agreement with the Knicks, they would have to renounce their rights to Lee to have enough money under the salary cap to sign James. The Warriors and Knicks have agreed on the players involved, and forward Anthony Randolph is the centerpiece of the package the Warriors would send to New York, not guard Monta Ellis as previously reported. Golden State also will send other players, with center Ronny Turiaf and swingman Kelenna Azubuike among the candidates. Contra Costa Times

The Warriors and Knicks are in advanced talks about a sign-and-trade arrangement that would send free-agent power forward David Lee to the Bay Area for Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf, two people involved in the talks confirmed to CBSSports.com. The trade is being set up as a contingency plan for the Knicks if James chooses to sign with another team Thursday. If James chooses to sign with the Knicks, they will have to renounced his rights -- and thus the rights to sign and trade him under the Larry Bird exception -- in order to clear the necessary salary cap space. Lee's agent, Mark Bartelstein, also is believed to have maintained contact with the Nets, who are in danger of getting shut out in the free-agent chase. But the Golden State scenario for Lee has legs, to an extent. "It's got legs," one of the people involved in the talks said. "But it needs arms, a torso and a head." CBSSports.com

One source warned that getting Lee is still a long shot at this point. Golden State management considers it a real possibility that Lee takes a lucrative offer elsewhere or the Knicks do a sign-and-trade with another team. The Warriors won't offer Lee a max deal, but one source suggested Golden State's ceiling is a six-year deal starting at about $13 million per season. New Jersey is still an option for Lee, as are the Minnesota Timberwolves, whom he visited earlier this month. The news that free-agent power forward Carlos Boozer agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Chicago Bulls helps the Warriors' bid because that's one less team in the running for Lee. Contra Costa Times

June 23, 2010 Updates

Kelenna Azubuike: Aw they traded away the homie cmag cswag. Ima miss him but I know Gods got him. Been a great friend and a great teammate. Twitter

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