Contract: Three Years, $44.38 million
Trading one of your best players is never a popular move, but sometimes necessary to ensure the future of your team.
The Golden State Warriors have entertained the idea of parting ways with David Lee, and an early-season stumble will make the idea all the more realistic.
Lee is 30, and played four years and a lot of minutes at the University of Florida. Up until last season, he was simply a good stats, bad team guy. Unfortunately, an injury dampened his first postseason appearance, though the team's ceiling appeared to be raised in his absence.
After next season, Lee really starts breaking the bank at more than $15 million per year. If the Warriors aren't careful, he could wind up clogging up too much cap space when extension time rolls around for Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes.
Barnes emerged last season as a real weapon for a small-ball team like Golden State. His ability to play the power forward position despite a smaller frame helped his team cause matchup problems in the playoffs.
Obviously, dealing a player of Lee's caliber and respect is tough on fans. However, the chances are good that he would draw quite a fine price on the market. There aren't many 30-year-old, All-Star power forwards with 20-10 potential available for trades.