Lee, who has three years and $44 million left on his hefty contract, averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds last season, and was the first player to represent the Warriors at the All-Star game since Latrell Sprewell in 1997.
However, it appears that the Warriors are shopping him in an effort to get better value for that big contract.
According to Wojnarowski:
- 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.
Very interesting thoughts, because as Bay Area Sports Guy points out, Lee was “almost like a de facto member of the front office.”
Warriors management, especially Joe Lacob, has a ton of respect for Lee, but at the same time, this is a business. If the Warriors can strike a deal to get a better player for Lee, they won’t hesitate to do it.
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