This hasn’t been a very hot topic for the Golden State Warriors last year, but the idea has been tossed around a couple of times. The Warriors reportedly continued to offer David Lee for LaMarcus Aldrige, with a few other players in the trade, but Portland, of course, refused. It’s no secret that the Warriors are willing to make big moves to possibly put themselves at the first seed.
The question now becomes: would you trade David Lee?
It may not be be such a great idea, considering the Warriors situation, but it’s not the worst idea. The Warriors have a weak bench, and trading Lee for some key contributors could be the thing that finally sparks them. The only ones worth keeping on the bench are Jordan Crawford and Harrison Barnes.
Instead of bringing Barnes off the bench, have him bulk up and play the power forward position just like he did against the Nuggets in the 2013 Postseason. The small ball lineup has proven to be effective for the Warriors, even when playing bigger teams like the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2014 Playoffs.
Lee and Stephen Curry are two All-Stars in Golden State, but trading Lee for someone who could possibly average 14-15 points per game off the bench consistently could be very advantageous. For fans, it may not be the smartest idea, but it’s an idea. Bob Myers, I’m sure, wouldn’t be opposed to it. Don’t be surprised if the Warriors look to dump Lee and his gigantic contract.