Did 2009 NBA Draft Affect David Lee's 2010 Free Agency?

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Did 2009 NBA Draft Affect David Lee's 2010 Free Agency?
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Hi everyone, first article, hope it wins a Pulitzer or two.

As the Warriors (5-2) prepare to tip off at New York in about 10 minutes, I tuned to the Jazz-Magic game for a basketball prelude. Before the studio turned coverage to the game, ESPN mentioned the Knicks-Warriors matchup and Lee's return, which I hadn't even thought of beforehand (I'm very distracted these days).

It got me thinking about the circumstances of Lee's arrival in the Bay Area, and the recent years of GSW-NYK relations. There was, of course, the Harrington-Crawford trade, and before that the Spreewell-Three Pieces of Penny Candy trade of the late '90s. However, what really got my mind's wheels a-spinnin' was the 2009 NBA Draft, and the serendipitous plucking of Stephen Curry with the seventh pick.

What was so fortunate about that draft was going in it was supposed to be one of the weakest rookie classes in years. They say that every year, though, it seems, and last year's class included Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, DeJuan Blair and Blake Griffin to go with Curry.

Still, with the seventh pick, it looked as if the best options would be gone, and Jordan Hill would be the BPA at a (perceived) position of need. Thanks to the genius of David Kahn, the T-Wolves skipped on Curry not once, but twice, picking proven über-star Ricky Rubio and one-hit wonder Jonny Flynn. This gave Golden State their dream situation, and they jumped on it.

The team following them, with the eighth pick, was...New York. They were left with Jordan Hill, a still-raw big man prospect who had much less impact on his team than Curry, and features much less into their future plans. Curry is being banked on as a franchise player, a future All-Star PG, the type of guy that could for once attract free agents to Oakland.

Free agents like David Lee. Now, it's not much of a stretch to think that David Lee was closely following the draft that year. When the T-Wolves made their pass, he had to be hoping Curry would fall. If he ultimately decided to come to the Warriors, with a big reason being the chance to play with such an up-and-coming point guard, wouldn't the seeds of intrigue have been planted on that night?

Maybe this has been addressed, I'm not sure, but I hadn't heard the connection made and it makes a ton of sense to me.

I had an idea for a Giants article, because I still can't get enough and I know others can't too. I can't remember it now, but the game's about to start, and I'll either remember it or not as I watch.

Also, as this is my first article, I don't know if I have to do anything special to enable comments, but if it's available, feel free to leave them. I'll probably read them at first, and then realize they're either really nice or really nasty and eventually stop bothering. But until that point in time, be my guest.

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