David Lee was the first Warrior to make the All-Star team in 15 years, so it only makes sense that they would try to trade him just five months later.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Golden State Warriors are looking at options to trade Lee, who has three years and $44 million left on his hefty contract.
Wojnarowski dropped a few nuggets in his report:
- The Warriors offered Lee to the Toronto Raptors for Andrea Bargnani. Perhaps fortunately, the Raptors reportedly dealt Bargnani to the New York Knicks earlier tonight. Why they would want to swap Lee for an underperforming, big-money player like Bargnani is certainly puzzling.
- The Warriors offered Lee and Brandon Rush to the Portland Trail Blazers for LaMarcus Aldridge, but were turned down. Portland, who has put Aldridge on the trade market, has better offers from other teams for the big man.
Lee averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds, and was one of the leaders of the team. However, his fat contract has been the elephant in the room for a while now, and the Warriors would like to ship him off for a better player under the same contract terms.
Will another team bite on Lee? It will be hard, because again — as good as he has played — Lee is not worth his contract and it will be difficult to trade him.