Mar 13, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) returns to defense after a basket against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: 5 Reasons Why They Shouldn’t Trade David Lee


The recent trade rumors surrounding David Lee should have Golden State Warriors’ fans a bit disturbed to say the least.

There are numerous reasons why trading the All-Star power forward is a horrible idea.

1. He’s an All-Star, for heaven sakes:

If he comes back from his devastating hip injury just as good or even better, the Warriors will be in great shape for another deep run in the playoffs. I look for Stephen Curry to transform the team to play more of an inside-out style, which should give Lee more opportunities to score. His rebounds should be down because of missed 3-balls, but his scoring will be up and that’s what matters.

2. His leadership carries this team:

If Lee doesn’t lead, no one will. Curry might be the best player on the team, but is not the heart and soul of the Warriors. He is not the outright leader.

Lee is the coach on the floor. He is always the one leading the huddle (besides coach Mark Jackson). Lee motivates every player on the team, and even the visiting players like him.

3. Lee’s personality is exuberating, and he is the reason that the team made it so far into the playoffs.

Him coming back early was just a a testament to his character. He is always working hard, he leads by example and everything that he does is for the better of the team. He even sacrifices his own play time to get some fresh legs in the game; that is who he is.

4. He is the best all-around player on the team.

He can do it all. If Jackson wants him to just rebound, he can do that. If coach wants him to score, he can do that. If he needs to just be a wing player, he can do that.If he is needed to dribble the ball up the court, he possesses the handles to do that.

If he is needed to do it all, he can do it. He can get you 30 points and accumulate no other stats if that is needed. He can get 20 rebounds if that is necessary. He can dish out 15 assists if needed.

5. Why?

Why would you want to trade your best all-around player? For what? A couple of average nobodies who aren’t going to help the team?

If they really wanted to help the team they would trade for LeBron, which will never happen in a million years.

It just doesn’t make any sense. David Lee is staying in Oakland.

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  • Daniel

    The smartest article about David Lee that I’ve read in the last week.
    Absolutely insane that GSW would try to trade Lee for some lesser players because of his salary. Bargiani would have been a huge mistake and I’m not sure LaMarcus Aldridge is better than Lee. LA wasn’t an all star. He didn’t lead the league in double doubles and he didn’t help his team to the playoffs.