ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor is reporting that the New York Knicks have a trade planned just in-case they fail to reel LeBron James to Madison Square Garden. This deal looks like a deal Billy Mays drew up. It seems very well balanced.
Here is what the deal may look like if the Knicks and Golden State Warriors were to put it all together:
New York Knicks And Golden State Warriors Sign and Trade
The Golden State Warriors Acquire:
David Lee (Center) - Lee seems like an excellent acquisition due to the fact that they will get a player that averages 20 points per game. You add him to an offensive attack with Monta Ellis and you may get a few more wins than in the last few years. Lee will fit well into Don Nelson's offense. Lee is definitely not going to get a max contract, but his pay will be hefty.
Lee is done with all chances of going to Chicago after the Carlos Boozer signing. The Warriors are crossing their fingers that LeBron does not sign with the Knicks or else this deal is done.
The New York Knicks Acquire:
Centerpiece = Anthony Randolph (Power Forward) - Mike D'Antoni will be entering yet another season as head coach of the New York Knicks. D'Antoni is more open to let his players do their own thing at certain points in the game than someone like Don Nelson.
Additional Option Involved = Ronnie Turiaf (Center) - He can serve as a center coming off the bench for the Knicks. He may not be at the same talent level as David Lee, but this player can provide a nice and even ratio of rebounds to points in a game.
Additional Option Involved = Kelenna Azubuike (Small Forward) - If the Knicks strike out on LeBron, Azubuike could provide half of the offense that The King could. He had surgery on his knee, but the Knicks may not believe that there is an injury risk with his addition. He averaged a bit more than 13 points per game in 2010-2011. He could serve as the Knicks swingman in such a case.
If this deal is completed the Knicks may be the losers in the end. The Warriors would have a backcourt with Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, and David Lee. Call that a BIG Three! It would definitely not be the way Knicks fans hoped to see their team make a few moves.
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