Which Players Are Most Affected by Klay Thompson’s Contract Extension?

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David Lee 

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David Lee is arguably past his prime and no longer a variable in Golden State’s long-term future.

Lee’s contract is at $30.5 million over the next two seasons, which makes him the fourth most expensive piece in the team’s payroll behind their franchise point guard, their All-NBA defensive wingman and their Australian shot blocker.

But some would still argue that Lee is worth his contract, and many fans wouldn’t disagree.

Lee averaged 18.2 points last season on 52.3 percent shooting, in addition to 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. On paper, he’s still an offensive force at his position.

Using the eye test and some common basketball sense, Lee’s skill set as a scorer on the low block and his returning midrange game makes him invaluable to the team’s offensive strategies, especially being he’s the only consistent post scorer the Warriors have on their roster.

But with Thompson’s expensive extension taking effect next season, DubNation could very well see Lee end up on the trading block as early as this year.