Golden State Warriors Get: F Kenneth Faried, F Danilo Gallinari
Denver Nuggets Get: F David Lee
Why Golden State Does It
Faried is a young energy player who could make for a devastatingly effective combo with either Draymond Green or Andrew Bogut up front. The Warriors would lose the post scoring ability Lee brought, but the Manimal is younger, cheaper and would do a lot more dirty work than Lee ever did.
Gallinari is a risk coming off of ACL surgery, but he's exactly the kind of space-creating forward the Dubs seem to have an eye for. If he returns to full health, his game could fit very nicely alongside Curry, Thompson and Iguodala in small-ball lineups.
Why Denver Does It
If JaVale McGee is the center of Denver's future—and his remaining three years and $36 million left on his deal would seem to indicate he is—the Nuggets are going to need a frontcourt counterpart with the skill and touch to complement McGee's raw athleticism.
Lee is comfortable operating out of the high post, and he's a terrific weapon in the pick-and-roll—two areas Faried struggles in. As a polished offensive product, Lee could work well in tandem with the much wilder McGee.
Plus, getting rid of the unknowns surrounding Gallinari's health would be a nice pressure release for the Nugs.
Golden State Warriors Get: F Ersan Ilyasova, F John Henson
Milaukee Bucks Get: F David Lee
Why Golden State Does It
The Warriors stand to save a bundle on this exchange, with Ilyasova under contract for just two more fully guaranteed years at an average of $8 million a pop and Henson still on his dirt-cheap rookie deal.
But more than that, Golden State gets the potential big shooter it needs in Ilyasova and a really intriguing young defensive option in Henson.
Depth was an issue for the Warriors during the 2013-14 season, and the imported Bucks duo would be a significant rotation upgrade over Marreese Speights and Jermaine O'Neal, both of whom logged significant minutes this past year.
Overall, the Warriors cut costs, address a couple of needs and add flexibility. Win, win, win.
Why Milwaukee Does It
Go ahead and try to name a reliable frontcourt scorer on the Bucks. It's fine, I'll wait...
You can't. There's just nobody on Milwaukee's roster who can put the ball in the hole reliably. Lee can do that, and he'd also inject some much-needed veteran experience into a rebuilding club.
Milwaukee is committed to a young, raw core of Larry Sanders, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brandon Knight, but you can't just leave those young guys out there alone. A player like Lee could stabilize the offense, help his teammates grow and give fans a reason to show up to the game.
Plus, he's only under contract for another two years. So Lee wouldn't necessarily gum up Milwaukee's larger rebuilding plans.